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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Truncus Arteriosus (Overview)

Truncus arteriosus is a rare type of heart disease in which a single blood vessel (truncus arteriosus) comes out of the right and left ventricles, instead of the normal 2 vessels (pulmonary artery and aorta). It is present at birth. Abnormal mixing of the blood results in circulation problems requiring corrective surgery to the normally placed two vessels.


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What are the common symptoms of truncus arteriosus?

What are the common symptoms of truncus arteriosus?

Heart failure. : The more common symptoms associated with truncus are heart failure related. Basically, since the pulmonary arteries are coming off directly from the aorta, the lungs are receiving more blood than they should. This causes the left side of the heart to have to work more to pump the extra blood and at the same time the lungs to be more fluid filled and more stiff. Breathing becomes more labored. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
15 doctors shared insights

Truncus Arteriosus (Overview)

Truncus arteriosus is a rare type of heart disease in which a single blood vessel (truncus arteriosus) comes out of the right and left ventricles, instead of the normal 2 vessels (pulmonary artery and aorta). It is present at birth. Abnormal mixing of the blood results in circulation problems requiring corrective surgery to the normally placed two vessels.


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What are the signs a baby might have truncus arteriosus?

What are the signs a baby might have truncus arteriosus?

Heart failure: It ususlly manifests symptoms of heart insufficiencny ro failure-- cyanosis (blueness), poor feeding, breathing problems, sweating, and irregular heartbeat. For more information go to www.Mayoclinic.Com -> health information -> diseases & conditions a_z and look up truncus arteriosis (under "t", of coursse). ...Read more

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What are the tests for truncus arteriosus?

Echo and cxr: Clinical presentation leads to suspicion of heart disease. Lack of improving oxygenation with 100% oxygen is another area of concern. Cxr will be diagnostic along with echocardiogram. ...Read more

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What causes truncus arteriosus?

What causes truncus arteriosus?

Usually unknown: Truncus arteriosis is a type of congenital heart disease that results from abnormal development of the heart during fetal development. While it is sometimes associated with certain genetic syndromes, the cause in most cases is unknown. For more information go to www.Mayoclinic.Com -> health information -> diseases & conditions a_z and look up truncus arteriosis (under "t", of coursse). ...Read more

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How do you treat truncus arteriosus?

How do you treat truncus arteriosus?

Medication & Surgery: It is usually initially treated with medications for heart failure, but pretty much always requires multiple surgical procedures beginning very early in life. For more information go to www.Mayoclinic.Com -> health information -> diseases & conditions a_z and look up truncus arteriosis (under "t", of coursse). ...Read more

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What is truncus arteriosus?

Congenital heart dx: Truncus arteriosus is a relatively rare form of congenital heart disease consisting of a single, common blood vessel that arises from the heart pumping chambers (ventricles) and gives rise to both the pulmonary arteries (taking blood to the lungs) and the aorta (taking blood to the body). It's caused by a failure of the truncus to separate into a pulmonary artery and aorta during fetal development. ...Read more

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What causes truncus arteriosus?

Usually unknown: Truncus arteriosis is a type of congenital heart disease that results from abnormal development of the heart during fetal development. While it is sometimes associated with certain genetic syndromes, the cause in most cases is unknown. For more information go to www.Mayoclinic.Com -> health information -> diseases & conditions a_z and look up truncus arteriosis (under "t", of coursse). ...Read more

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How do you treat truncus arteriosus?

Medication & Surgery: It is usually initially treated with medications for heart failure, but pretty much always requires multiple surgical procedures beginning very early in life. For more information go to www.Mayoclinic.Com -> health information -> diseases & conditions a_z and look up truncus arteriosis (under "t", of coursse). ...Read more

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What are the tests for truncus arteriosus?

Echo and cxr: Clinical presentation leads to suspicion of heart disease. Lack of improving oxygenation with 100% oxygen is another area of concern. Cxr will be diagnostic along with echocardiogram. ...Read more