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A 38-year-old member asked:

the docs tell me my son is going to be born with a heart defect called dorv what do u guys know about this?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Different Anatomy: A double outlet right ventricle means that both aorta (the blood vessel that carries oxygen rich blood to the body) and the pulmonary artery ( the blood vessel that carries oxygen poor blood to the lungs) arise from the same chamber of the heart, the right ventricle. The problem is that the aorta then carries oxygen poor blood to the body. The aorta normally originates from the left ventricle-.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Provided original answer
DORV is accompanied by another defect called a VSD, Which is a hole in between the ventricles that actually helps because blood from both chambers mix, increasing Oxygen. There are different kinds of DORV, depending on where the other defect is located. Babies because of the decreased oxygen in their bodies tend to be bluish, have enlarged hearts, murmurs amongst other things.
Nov 24, 2011
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Provided original answer
Talk to your team of Physicians and be well versed on the "lingo" and ask every question you can think of.
Nov 24, 2011
Dr. Thomas Seck
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Continued: It looks like dr. Ruiz-healy's full answer was cut off. Mainly it means that without immediate treatment, your son's heart would not work properly. Hopefully, by now you've already met with a specialist to discuss this with you in details and explain what will happen at birth and for the few months after birth.

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