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Opinion on Valvular regurgitation - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My 6 year old (3'9", 37 lbs) had an Echocardiogram. My PCP has scheduled a follow-up with a ped. cardiologist based on the following findings: a false tendon, mild tricuspid valve regurgitation and moderate pulmonic valve regurgitation. What does this mean? Will she outgrow this or will it get worse with age?     
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   DR xxx here
User :   Hello
Doctor :   the echocardiogram reports abnormal functioning of the valves
User :   right
User :   for the first time at her 6 year old checkup, they heard a murmur. that is what caused them to send her for the ECHO.
User :   Does this indicate that it has gotten worse over time and that is why a murmur was never heard before?
Doctor :   murmur is due to the abnormal backflow of the blood through the valves
Doctor :   which may be due to the structural abnormality in the valves or functionl disturbences
Doctor :   the prognosis of the problem depends on the cause of the back flow
User :   ok so based on what I've been told I'm guessing it is impossible to figure out
Doctor :   A detailed examination of the child is needed to rule out any effects on the other systems due to the regurgitation ( back flow )
Doctor :   a pediatric cardiologist opinion is needed for the same
User :   ok thank you
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