Atrioventricular canal defect is a combination of heart problems resulting in a defect in the center of the heart. The condition occurs when there's a hole between the heart's chambers and problems with the valves that regulate blood flow in the heart. The condition is often associated with Down syndrome. Atrioventricular canal defect allows extra blood to flow to the lungs. Untreated, atrioventricular canal defect can cause heart failure and high blood pressure in the lungs.
At 1 month, 27% (16 of 73) had ejection fraction less than 55%; 20% (17 of 87) had significant LAVVR; 2 had residual shunts; 1 each had subaortic stenosis and LAVV stenosis. Weight z-score improved by a median 0.4 units Left atrioventricular valve regurgitation occurred in 31% (change from baseline, p = 0.13), occurring more frequently in patients repaired at 4 to 7 years (p = 0.01). Three patients had ejection fraction less than 55%, and 1 had a residual atrial shunt.
Patients with incomplete atrioventricular septal defects (AVSDs) present with signs and symptoms similar to those of secundum atrial septal defects (ASDs) and, as such, rarely require medical therapy. Medical therapy in patients with complete atrioventricular septal defects consists of aggressive anticongestive treatment for the signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF). The mainstays of medical therapy are furosemide (for diuresis for the volume-overloaded heart), digoxin (as a mild inotrope), and ACE inhibitors (for afterload reduction).