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Question: Healthy 15yr male with mild pulmonicand tricuspid regurgitat


 ogirl2002 - Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:57 pm

My 15yr. old son recently started having tingling, numbness and chest pain. We have been to the E.R. 3 times. They did an EKG and it said that he had a right vent. conduction delay. I was told that was normal. He then had a echo. done and they said he has a mild pulmonic and tricuspid regurgitation they also said that is normal. Is all that true?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:44 pm

User avatar Hello -

While the findings cited by the doctors following your son's ER visits are quite possibly "normal" (both the valvular regurgitation, if mild, and the conduction defect, are common enough), he should be followed non-urgently by a family doctor to make certain his symptoms are not cardiac related. They are, in fact, probably anxiety related, and the less-than-perfect findings in the ER are basically within normal limits, or at least that's what the doctors feel (and these are quite ordinary findings). The conduction delay is probably a right bundle branch block, which generally has no significance, but should be noted on regular physical exams, especially if it is intermittent -- only for the record, not because it means anything.

I hope this is helpful to you. Your son sounds as though he may have some incipient anxiety problems, and these commonly start to show up during adolescence. It's also important to have a physician evaluate the whole picture in a calm, non-urgent setting. This will serve as a good baseline for any future problems, and can be used as a reference point for what is "normal" for your son.

Best of luck to you. If there are any futher questions please follow up with us here.

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