What are atrioventricular canal defects?

Also known as: atrioventricular septal defects, endocardial cushion defects, ECD

As the heart is developing in the unborn fetus, it typically develops walls and valves between the four chambers. With atrioventricular canal defect, the walls and chambers do not fully develop, and blood can flow freely between these areas. This can lead to a variety of developmental problems.


Reviewed by: Anthony F. Rossi, MD

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