Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Developmental Delay in Children with Congenital Heart Disease: How Common Is It?

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We and other journals have published studies suggesting that there can be developmental challenges in children who have various types of congenital heart disease (CHD).

Yet what lesions or risk factors might increase the risk and prevalence of delay has not been well categorized until this week when Mussatto et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-2309) released the results of a longitudinal study to assess cognitive, language, and motor skills in almost 100 children with CHD in their first three years of life.

The results suggest a more common prevalence of delay than you might expect as well as some dynamic trends in the nature of these delays over time—with improvement being noted as well.

Just what might be the reason for such improvement and what are the delays to monitor for really make up the heart of this article. When it comes to knowing more about monitoring for possible delays in your CHD patients, this article will allow you to not miss a beat.

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1 comment:

  1. i'm an paediatrician and now age 72 , i got PDA and knew the diagnosis after high school, surgery not done due to circumstances at that time height 5' 2' body weight 134 lbs.
    can do the job well and not having any major illness,,
    specialty on neonatology, , now little tired off and on, but still teaching and doing voluntarey works . may be a little under height and weight compare to others my age.

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