My son recently went in for his five year old check-up and a murmur was detected for the first time. He was referred to Children's Hospital to get checked out by a cardiologist. The EKG was fine, but the echocardiogram detected a bicuspid aortic valve. I was told there was no stenosis or leakage and that they didn't need to see him for another two years. I was puzzled as to why a murmur without any leakage or stenosis? Since that day, I've read quite a bit on the condition and the reliability of the echos in children. I have no reason to doubt the doctor's diagnosis and I fully plan on following through with serial cardiac visits, but I want to know as much information as possible.
Is it *possible* that my son's diagnosis was a false positive? Does that ever happen? If so, how often? I've read that echo results can be wildly inconsistent based on several factors like technician skill/patience, placement of electrodes, child's age, echo artifacts etc. Is this a possibility?
I assume anyone reading this has probably had a good amount of experience with echocardiograms. Heck, I had one a year ago due to persistent PVC's and was told I was fine. Could I possibly have a BAV that was missed??