Truncus arteriosus in children - Doctor answers
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
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 ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Conotruncal disease: During heart development, the pulmonary artery, which provides blood flow to the lungs, and the aorta, which provides blood flow to the body, start as a common tube which is called the common arterial trunk or the truncus arteriosus. If this tube never divides, the name of the resulting congenital heart defect is truncus arteriosus. This is a life-threatening defect requiring surgical repair. ...Read more
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
Truncus arteriosus: 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. ...Read more
Open heart surgery: Repair of truncus arteriosus is a complicated procedure, because the aorta and pulmonary artery did not separate during development. A patch is placed to close the communication between the right and left ventricle. The pulmonary arteries are taken off of the aorta and a new tube graft is placed into the right ventricle and connected to the pulmonary arteries to restore a normal circulation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Formation of primitive aortic arches begins in the third week of fetal life. The aortic and pulmonary outflow tracts are fully separated by 8-9 weeks. ...Read more
Truncus and bulbus:
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Bulbus_cordis
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Persistent_truncus_arteriosus
My daughter (almost 8) had surgery to correct truncus arteriosus at 5 days old. She has lately been complaining of pain in her scar. What should we do?
Do a lot of people have a baby with pulmonary sling, complete tracheal rings, and truncus arteriosus?
No: These entities are relatively rare. However, today's pediatric cardiac and thoracic surgeons are experts in repairing even the most complicated lesions. You should discuss your concerns with them. Good luck. ...Read more
Is it possible for a child to have a patent foramen ovale (pfo) and a patent ductis arteriosus (pda)?
Yes: It is a normal feature of the heart prior to birth and may persist in some. The PDA is usually picked up on exam, the pfo would only be accessible to advanced studies. ...Read more
Can you give me more info on experience with a child who has a patent foramen ovale (pfo) and a patent ductis arteriosus (pda)?
Common: All normal fetuses have a pfo and a pda. These are connections between the "left heart" and the "right heart" that allow blood to bypass the lungs and flow properly to the placenta. Typically, in the first 24 hours after birth, the PDA closes. Pfo closure can be more gradual and can be present for many months, and still be a normal finding. Persistent patency can be a problem. ...Read more
With symptoms: In the majority of cases these openings close spontaneously shortly after birth. When they remain open and interfere with adequate oxygenation and/or ventilation, exercise tolerance, etc., then surgery may be indicated. Surgery can be done minimally invasive or open. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Needs to be closed: Ductus arteriosus (PDA) is normal at birth and should close soon after. If persistant, PDA is abnormal and may become a significant problem after few months of life. It should be evaluated by cardiologist and may be closed through a catheter and not require surgery. Foramen Ovale (Communication between R/ L upper chambers of heart) normal at birth and stays open in ~25% of people. Rarely a problem. ...Read more