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Will my child need a heart transplant if she only has a single ventricle?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hopefully not

350-400 pediatric heart transplants procedures occur worldwide annually.
The number of children who have failing cardiac function late after palliative surgery for congenital heart disease is increasing. An example is "failed fontan" - the usual repair for a single ventricle.One of the most common indications for infant heart transplantation is hypoplastic left heart - a single ventricle.

In brief: Hopefully not

350-400 pediatric heart transplants procedures occur worldwide annually.
The number of children who have failing cardiac function late after palliative surgery for congenital heart disease is increasing. An example is "failed fontan" - the usual repair for a single ventricle.One of the most common indications for infant heart transplantation is hypoplastic left heart - a single ventricle.
Dr. Barton Cook
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

Every child is different, so it is impossible to predict what will happen to your child.
Remember that statistics apply to a whole population, not each individual. But in general, ~ one-third of single-ventricle patients require a transplant during their life-time with today's medical knowledge. Remember, these statistics change as medicine improves too. Please discuss with peds cardio.

In brief: Possible

Every child is different, so it is impossible to predict what will happen to your child.
Remember that statistics apply to a whole population, not each individual. But in general, ~ one-third of single-ventricle patients require a transplant during their life-time with today's medical knowledge. Remember, these statistics change as medicine improves too. Please discuss with peds cardio.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

As long as the rest of her heart is in good condition, surgery can usually repair a single ventricle.
Heart transplants are usually only done if all the heart muscle is damaged.

In brief: No

As long as the rest of her heart is in good condition, surgery can usually repair a single ventricle.
Heart transplants are usually only done if all the heart muscle is damaged.
Dr. Becky White
Dr. Becky White
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