Key Points About an Atrioventricular (AV) Canal Defect in Children
- An AV canal defect is a heart problem that children can be born with.
- Children with an AV canal defect need to have surgery to repair it.
- Many children who have had an AV canal defect will live active, healthy lives after their surgery.
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Prenatal Cardiology Care at Children's National Hospital
Our heart care begins before babies are even born, in our dedicated Prenatal Cardiology Program, where we diagnose and even treat prenatal heart conditions. Discover more about the treatments we offer.
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Departments that Treat Atrioventricular Canal (AV canal or AVC)
Prenatal Cardiology Program
Children diagnosed with heart conditions before they are born receive comprehensive, expert care from our fetal cardiology specialists. Learn more about our Prenatal Cardiology Program.
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Our pediatric heart surgery team performs twice the number of surgeries of any other hospital in the region, with some of the best outcomes in the nation.
The pediatric heart experts at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provide advanced care for unborn babies, children and young adults with heart conditions.