Transposition of Great Arteries is a congenital condition where the aorta comes out from the right ventricle and the pulmonary arteries from the left ventricle, instead of the normal positions. The exact cause of this condition has not been established. The exact conditions may differ between patients. The symptoms observed include the skin turning blue and shortness of breath. Poor gaining of weight and lack of appetite are also noticed in some.
HOW IS TRANSPOSITION OF GREAT ARTERIES DIAGNOSED?
A Cardiologist diagnoses Transposition of Great Arteries by performing a physical examination, echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization and chest X-ray.
HOW IS TRANSPOSITION OF GREAT ARTERIES TREATED?
The treatment commences right after birth where the child is given prostaglandin through an IV. In some cases, a thin flexible tube called balloon atrial septostomy is used. The arterial switch procedure, which is a surgery is done to treat the same.
DID YOU KNOW?
If you have complications, such as arrhythmias or serious heart muscle problems, pregnancy may pose risks to both you and your fetus. In some situations, such as for women who have severe complications of their heart defect, pregnancy isn't recommended even for those with a repaired transposition.