Eisenmenger’s complex is a congenital (at birth) heart defect in which a hole between the lower chambers (a ventricular septal defect) is coupled with 1) pulmonary high blood pressure; 2) the passage of blood from the right side of the heart to the left (right to left shunt); 3) an enlarged right ventricle; and 4) a latent or clearly visible bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis). It may also include an aorta that receives ejected blood from both the right and left lower chambers (ventricles), a condition known as an overriding aorta. People with Eisenmenger's complex, before and after treatment, are at risk for getting an infection within the aorta or the heart valves. Such an infection is called endocarditis. All people with uncorrected or partially corrected Eisenmenger’s complex will need to take antibiotics before certain dental procedures. If you (or your child) have had corrective surgery, ask the cardiologist if routine antibiotics are still necessary.
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