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How to differentiate between anomalous pulmonary venous return & transposition of great vessels as the underlying disease?

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Dr. David Malpass
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Ultrasound

Pediatric cardiologist use ultrasound (an echocardiogram) to identify the type of congenital heart defect.
In anomalous pulmonary venous return, the pulmonary veins do not connect to the left atrium in a normal manner. In transposition of the great arteries, the aorta is connected to the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery is connected to the left ventricle (backwards).

In brief: Ultrasound

Pediatric cardiologist use ultrasound (an echocardiogram) to identify the type of congenital heart defect.
In anomalous pulmonary venous return, the pulmonary veins do not connect to the left atrium in a normal manner. In transposition of the great arteries, the aorta is connected to the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery is connected to the left ventricle (backwards).
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