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Cardiol Young. 2002 Dec;12(6):587-8.

Innocent murmurs: the perception of the parents versus that of the child.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.


Innocent murmurs in childhood are common, and often they do not reflect cardiac disease. We have performed a prospective review, by means of a questionnaire, to clarify the parental perception of the innocent murmur identified in their child. Whenever possible, depending on age, we also sought the input of the child. Of a cohort of 63 infants and children with innocent murmurs, a response was obtained from 40 parents and 8 children to an initial questionnaire, with 26 parents replying to a second questionnaire a year later. No parent reported any symptoms in their children, or had imposed any restrictions. Of the parents, however three sets considered regular review was necessary. We conclude that the diagnosis of an innocent murmur by a paediatric cardiologist, aided by investigations including cross-sectional echocardiography, and an opportunity for explanation and reassurance, led to the child being treated normally.

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