Double outlet right ventricle (DORV) is a heart disease that is present from birth. The aorta connects to the right ventricle, instead of to the left ventricle. The symptoms of DORV may include:
• Baby tires easily, especially when feeding
• Bluish color of the skin and lips
• Clubbing (thickening of the nail beds) on toes and fingers (late sign)
• Failure to gain weight and grow
• Pale coloring
• Swollen legs or abdomen
• Trouble breathing
HOW IS DOUBLE OUTLET RIGHT VENTRICLE DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the condition is usually done by a paediatrician or a cardiologist, based on the symptoms. An X ray of the chest as well as electrocardiogram that can measure and detect an abnormal heart rhythm and pounding heart due to accelerated heartbeats, can also help in diagnosis of the condition.
HOW IS DOUBLE OUTLET RIGHT VENTRICLE TREATED?
The treatment will be done with the help of surgery. The surgery will depend on the age of the patient and the factors involving recovery. The surgery is carried out so as to connect the aorta with the left ventricle and the pulmonary artery with the right ventricle.
DID YOU KNOW?
In some cases, if the extent of the heart damage is restricted and the arteries are not that connected - surgery can be avoided. The child can continue a life very close to a normal one.