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Atrioventricular canal defect, or “AV canal defect”, is a condition where a combination of congenital (present at birth) heart defects results in a large hole in the center of the heart. Since it develops while a baby is growing in the womb, this condition may be diagnosed during prenatal tests. Babies can have either a complete or a partial AV canal defect, but heart surgery will be needed to repair the problem and the heart defects that caused it. 

If your baby has AV canal defect, our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons (specialists in surgical procedures of the chest, including the heart and lungs) are here to educate your family, address your concerns, and offer advanced diagnostic and treatment planning. The Nemours Children's Cardiac Center offers world-class pediatric heart care, delivered in a family-centered setting.

Why Choose Us

Our Nemours Cardiac Center team has the experience to provide accurate, efficient diagnosis and treatment of your baby’s atrioventricular canal defect. World-class heart care requires the compassion to understand your family's journey, and the expertise to heal even the most complex conditions. Our cardiac surgeons treat a vast array of heart defects in infants, children and teens, using the most innovative, up-to-date approaches. Our specialty is the early detection and repair of heart problems. Nemours heart care specialists have been recognized for their commitment to delivering top-notch, compassionate care to children with congenital heart disease. 

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