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What are the tests for single ventricle?

What are the tests for single ventricle?

You can't survive.: You cannot survive with a single ventricle! I am assuming you mean heart. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Callahan
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Single Ventricle (Definition)

The normal heart has two ventricles--left and right not connected to each other.Single ventricle is a form of congenital heart disease where there is only one ...Read more


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When can they diagnose a single ventricle?

When can they diagnose a single ventricle?

Early second trimest: A fetal echocardiogram can be performed as early as 13-15 weeks gestation in some instances.The majority will be performed after 18-22 weeks during a pregnancy.A diagnosis can be made at that time and monitored through the pregnancy and a plan can be put in place regarding the delivery and neonatal care.Surgical planning can be started after the first diagnosis. Neonatal diagnosis is also possible. ...Read more

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What causes the development of a ?Single ventricle?

What causes the development of a ?Single ventricle?

Unknown: A single ventricle includes conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, tricuspid atresia, double-inlet left ventricle, and pulmonary atresia with intact septum.Honestly, it is not known why these defect occur. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Single ventricle?

What is the definition or description of: Single ventricle?

One ventricle: The normal heart has two ventricles--left and right not connected to each other.Single ventricle is a form of congenital heart disease where there is only one ventricle causing serious repercussions. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms or consequences of a single ventricle?

What are the symptoms or consequences of a single ventricle?

Blue color: Most single ventricle patients are going to be cyanotic. That is blue in color because of the mixing of oxygenated blood from the lungs and non oxygenated blood in the single chamber. ...Read more

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Why is single ventricle fatal?

Why is single ventricle fatal?

Baby's needs in air: A single ventricle is adequate for fetal development when mom is doing most of the work. After air breathing starts, the pressures of the heart change, add lungs, kidney & liver work along with regulating body temperature. The extra pressures needed to push blood & do the extra work cause the single ventricle to fail & the mixed poorly oxygenated blood it pushes can't feed the tissue ...Read more

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How early do you identify single ventricle in fetus?

As early as 14 weeks: Single ventricle in the fetus can be seen by ultrasound as early as 14 weeks, depending on the skill of the fetal cardiologist performing the study. There are cases where it has been identified even earlier. ...Read more

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What is the procedure done to correct a single ventricle?

What is the procedure done to correct a single ventricle?

Multiple: Single ventricle cannot be corrected, but a more normal circulation of blood is accomplished through a series of surgeries (most commonly three separate operations). The first is performed shortly after birth; the second around six months of age and the third at a few years of age. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose if my child has a single ventricle?

How do doctors diagnose if my child has a single ventricle?

Echocardiography: Looking directly at your child's heart with an echocardiogram is a safe, inexpensive and very reliable way of determining if your child has a single ventricle. Physical exam, ecg, chest x-ray and your child's blood oxygen content may make the doctor suspect significant heart disease but echo will allow him to confirm it. ...Read more

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If a child has a single ventricle why do they need a?Sleep study?

Cardiac abnormality: This is a congenital issue, with a single ventricle there is a high probability of hypoxemia and a sleep study can help to quantify this and its sleep stage dependence. The treatment of this is multidisciplinary and specialists are absolutely warranted. ...Read more

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1 weeks ultrasound done-detected with single ventricle problem, should I be concerned?

Serious CHD: Several congenital heart diseases appear as "single ventricle" on fetal ultrasound. All of these are serious diseases and all require multiple surgeries and hospitalizations for long-term survival. While long-term survival is possible, there is significant long-term mortality and morbidity in all of these diseases. Care should be at a center with expert teams in pediatric cardiac care. ...Read more

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What will be done if a prenatal ultrasound showed a?Single ventricle?

What will be done if a prenatal ultrasound showed a?Single ventricle?

Cardiac surgeon: There are some amazing procedures that an be done today. Speaking with a specialist who operates on infants with heart problems would be your best avenue for information. ...Read more

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I was born with a single ventricle i have one tattoo already do you think i could get another one?

No Risk: Having a single ventricle and getting a tattoo should not be an issue. This condition does not put you at risk for more serious complications of tattoo application. Typical risks associated with tattoos include unclean needles with risk of transmission of infection, contact dermatitis, skin infection, etc. If you are concerned talk to your cardiologist about risk associated with your condition. ...Read more

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What is?The best treatment for a single ventricle heart defect?

Surgical. : There are a series of surgical procedures that are performed for single ventricle patients. Ultimately patients function quite well but they require lifelong surveillance. ...Read more

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Where can we go to get the best treatment for single ventricle heart defect?

Where can we go to get the best treatment for single ventricle heart defect?

Many places: That is a difficult question to answer, because so many institutions do not report their results to the public. When deciding on this, one should ask the surgical team what their results are for a given condition. However, the results not only depend on the surgeon, but on the medical team, including nursing care, intensivists, respiratory therapists, and cardiologists. ...Read more

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Daughter-in-law's 19 weeks ultrasound done-detected single ventricle. What is baby's problem?

Daughter-in-law's 19 weeks ultrasound done-detected single ventricle. What is baby's problem?

Single ventricle: There are heart ventricles and cerebral ventricles. Without more information it is hard to know what is wrong. A single ventricle in the heart is a severe cardiac abnormality. A single ventricle in the brain is a severe central nervous system abnormality. ...Read more

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Can you explain the congenital heart defect problem know as a single ventricle?

Can you explain the congenital heart defect problem know as a single ventricle?

Complex subject.....: Single ventricle generally means that there is only one ventricle instead of the usual two (one left and one right). Thus, the single ventricle has to do the work of two (pumping blood to the lungs and to the rest of the body). This condition almost always requires surgery. Types of single ventricle include hypoplastic left heart syndrome, double outlet right vent, tricuspid atresia, among others. ...Read more

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Please help docs! where can I get the best treatment for single ventricle heart defect?

Please help docs! where can I get the best treatment for single ventricle heart defect?

Riley: In indiana, there is a highly respected children's hospital with a high quality congenital heart center in indianapolis. Congenital heart centers are the typical homes for experts in the care of people with single ventricle. The name of the hospital is riley children's hospital, associated with the university of indiana. ...Read more

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Will my child need a heart transplant if she only has a single ventricle?

Will my child need a heart transplant if she only has a single ventricle?

Possible: Every child is different, so it is impossible to predict what will happen to your child. Remember that statistics apply to a whole population, not each individual. But in general, ~ one-third of single-ventricle patients require a transplant during their life-time with today's medical knowledge. Remember, these statistics change as medicine improves too. Please discuss with peds cardio. ...Read more

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Why is it that propranolol, a beta-blocker drug is given to a patient with double outlet right ventricle?

Why is it that propranolol, a beta-blocker drug is given to a patient with double outlet right ventricle?

To relax the heart: Some patients with double outlet right ventricle have abnormally thick muscle bundles that block the flow of blood to the lungs when the heart contracts. When the blockage is severe the oxygen level in the body can drop to dangerous levels. Beta blockers such as Propranolol reduce the strength of the heart's contraction allowing more blood to pass to the lungs and can improve the oxygen level. ...Read more

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Can obstructive aqueduct hydrocephalus after TB meningitis be cured with medicines? Lateral & third ventricles are dilated wid chronic locuna infarcts

Can obstructive aqueduct hydrocephalus after TB meningitis be cured with medicines? Lateral & third ventricles are dilated wid chronic locuna infarcts

TB meningitis: This devastating disease can produce brain infarctions by involvement of penetrating blood vessels and that is common in this illness. It also produces a basilar arachnoiditis which often results in obstructive hydrocephaly and this usually requires CSF shunting, commonly a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. See a neurosurgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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What differentiates the atria from the ventricles?

Location: They are different chambers of the heart. The atria are the 2 upper and the ventricles the 2 lower. Blood flows from the Right atrium to right ventricle thru the pulmonary aorta to the lungs and than to the left atria and then the left ventricle and out to the body in the aorta. ...Read more

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What's the normal size for left ventricle in women?

What's the normal size for left ventricle in women?

This seems right: http://www.echopedia.org/index.php/Normal_Values_of_TTE
seems to have the right info.
Of course the woman has to be full size for this to be valid. ...Read more

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Are the chordae tendinae located in both ventricles?

Yes: These serve as the support "strings" for the mitral & tricuspid valves. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of failure of the left ventricle?

What are the symptoms of failure of the left ventricle?

Several: They symptoms of left ventricular failure include, shortness of breath (sob) and fatigue and weakness. There can be increased sob with activity. Other symptoms include orthopnea (inability to lie flat b/c sob), edema (swelling), frequent urination at night, waking suddenly with severe sob (pnd), and sometimes chest pain. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a "slightly" enlarged right ventricle ?

RVE: Right ventricular enlargement or rve typically occurs when the right side of the heart is stressed by the need to generate either increased blood flow or pressure. ...Read more

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Can you give me some information on sudden acute left ventricle failure?

Acute CHF: Commonly caused by renal artery stenosis with severe high blood pressure. Also called flash pulmonary edema.
Eating a high salt diet increases the risk of developing CHF. ...Read more