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Diagnosis and Management of Critical Congenital Heart Diseases in the Newborn

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Diagnosis and Management of Critical Congenital Heart Diseases in the Newborn

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Mani Ram Krishna & Raman Krishna Kumar 

Abstract

Congenital heart disease (CHD) has been one of the most important contributors to neonatal mortality in the western world for the past 2 decades. With improvement in basic neonatal medical care in most parts of our country, the traditional contributors to neonatal mortality such as birth asphyxia and infections have reduced in numbers. This has hence thrust greater focus on CHD. Facilities with capability to diagnose and intervene on neonates with critical CHD are available in most states. Refinements in surgical techniques and advances in post-operative care have ensured that most neonates with critical CHD can undergo surgical or interventional procedures with very low mortality and can be expected to survive to adulthood with a reasonable quality of life. Unrecognized critical CHD could however result in death in the neonatal period. Focus has hence shifted towards sensitizing pediatricians about timely recognition of neonates with CHD. In this article, authors discuss the presentation and initial stabilization of neonates with CHD and attempt to provide practical solutions which can aid early diagnosis of CHD in the Indian scenario.

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Year 2020
Language English
Format PDF
DOI 10.1007/s12098-019-03163-4