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Congenital Birth Defects: Atrial Septal Defects and Cleft Palate
Two examples of congenital birth defects are atrial septal defects and cleft palates. The connection between these two defects exists in a percentage of children born with congenital defects. Children born with cleft palate have as much as a tenfold increase in likelihood that they will also have a cardiac defect. One common cardiac defect is atrial septal defect, or ASD.
ASD results when a hole exists in the septum, or wall, that sits between the upper left and right chambers of the heart. This wall plays an important wall, keeping the blood flow consistent and in the correct and needed directions. When there is a hole in the septum the blood that has already been supplied with oxygen in the left chamber actually flows back into the right chamber (with the blood that still needs oxygen). This mix of oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood then gets sent to the lungs, and the lungs have to work through this over-supply of blood.
Atrial septal defects can cause the patient to experience extreme fatigue, in infants appearing as exhaustion after just nursing. They can also have a cough, recurrent lung infections, heart murmurs, edema, high blood pressure, and eventual organ damage that can be permanent. ASD is not always evident at birth, meaning some patients do not realize they have atrial septal defects until they are in their 20s or older. This means that a fair portion of damage to the heart and lungs might already be there.
A child born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate is at a greater risk for heart defects as well. This means that doctors might be more proactive in looking for problems such as atrial septal defects. Cleft palates are notches in the roof of the mouth, and they can range in severity from mild, occurring in just one portion, to extensive, affecting both the hard and soft palate. Children born with cleft palates have a greater likelihood of also having cleft lip defects. Whether there is also a cleft in the lip or not, a baby with a cleft palate often struggles with feeding, breathing, and eventual speech. Hearing loss is also possible.
No extensive testing is needed to diagnose cleft palates, as it is often just visualized shortly after birth (if not before). However, tests such as echocardiograms and electrocardiograms are needed to diagnose ASD. Surgery in the first few years of life is recommended to repair cleft palates, while a range of treatment options face patients with ASD. Some patients just need to be monitored by cardiologists, while others will need cardiac catheterization or open heart surgery to repair the hole.