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what could happen to my son if he will not undergo surgery for total anomalous pulmonary venous return?

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Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatric Cardiology 38 years experience
Shortened life: Total anomalous pulmonary venous return is a serious congenital heart defect. The severity of symptoms initially are related to obstruction in the anomalous return pathway, and many affected babies would die as neonates without early surgery. Without obstruction, survival can be prolonged, but almost inevitably, severe rv enlargement and failure will occur. Other serious effects also occur.

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