Truncus arteriosus is one of the rare kinds of heart disease where the body has only a single blood vessel for both right and left ventricles instead of 2. The patient here would experience extreme signs of fatigue that are followed with delayed growth, bluish skin and also lethargy. There would also be shortness of breath and widening of the fingers that is referred to a clubbing of the foot.
HOW IS TRUNCUS ARTERIOSUS DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose this condition a pediatric cardiologist may order the following tests:
2. Chest X ray
HOW IS TRUNCUS ARTERIOSUS TREATED?
Most infants with Truncus Arteriosus have surgery within the first few weeks after being born and medication is usually prescribed before surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
If left untreated, Truncus Arteriosus can be fatal.