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What is truncus arteriosus?

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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Truncus Arteriosus (Definition)

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


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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 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 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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In easy to understand terms, what's truncus arteriosus?

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

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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 is the definition or description of: Truncus arteriosus?

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

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What to do if I'm having kids, possible or not with truncus arteriosus?

What to do if I'm having kids, possible or not with truncus arteriosus?

Wrong place to ask: The cardiologist who manages your specific case is the best source for information on your risks with reproduction. His/her advice and that of your OBGyn could give you an understanding of how pregnancy would affect you. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for truncus arteriosus?

What is the treatment for truncus arteriosus?

Surgery: Open heart surgery is performed in newborn period. ...Read more

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What kind of operation is needed for a truncus arteriosus?

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 more

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Can the formation of aortic arches come prior to septation of truncus arteriosus?

Can the formation of aortic arches come prior to septation of truncus arteriosus?

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

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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?

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?

Scar: It is most likely a skin irritation in the scar that is uncomfortable. Try to use aquaphor as a moisturizer and some hydrocortisone 1% to make it more comfortable. If it remains uncomfortable see your pediatrician or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people have a baby with pulmonary sling, complete tracheal rings, and truncus arteriosus?

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

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Is it possible for a child to have a patent foramen ovale (pfo) and a patent ductis arteriosus (pda)?

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

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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

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When is surgery needed for a child with a? Patent foramen ovale? And a patent ductis arteriosus?

When is surgery needed for a child with a? Patent foramen ovale? And a patent ductis arteriosus?

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 more

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What is the seriousness of ductus arteriosus/venosus and foramen ovale?

What is the seriousness of ductus arteriosus/venosus and foramen ovale?

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