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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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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

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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 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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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 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