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Can you explain the congenital heart defect problem know as a single ventricle?

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Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology

In brief: Complex subject.....

Single ventricle generally means that there is only one ventricle instead of the usual two (one left and one right).
Thus, the single ventricle has to do the work of two (pumping blood to the lungs and to the rest of the body). This condition almost always requires surgery. Types of single ventricle include hypoplastic left heart syndrome, double outlet right vent, tricuspid atresia, among others.

In brief: Complex subject.....

Single ventricle generally means that there is only one ventricle instead of the usual two (one left and one right).
Thus, the single ventricle has to do the work of two (pumping blood to the lungs and to the rest of the body). This condition almost always requires surgery. Types of single ventricle include hypoplastic left heart syndrome, double outlet right vent, tricuspid atresia, among others.
Dr. Carl Decker
Dr. Carl Decker
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