Pulmonary Atresia is a heart defect present at the time of birth that’s normally diagnosed within the first few hours or days of life. In case of Pulmonary Atresia, the valve that lets blood out of the heart to go to the baby’s lung does not form correctly. Instead of opening and closing to allow blood to travel from the heart to the lungs, a solid sheet of tissue forms. As a result, blood can’t travel by its normal route to pick up oxygen from the lungs. The symptoms of Pulmonary Atresia are noticeable soon after birth and these include shortness of breath, fatigue, feeding problems, pale skin and blue-or gray toned skin.
HOW IS PULMONARY ATRESIA DIAGNOSED?
A pediatrician may perform the following tests to diagnose this condition:
1. X Ray
4. Cardiac Catheterization
HOW IS PULMONARY ATRESIA TREATED?
The treatment of Pulmonary Atresia involves medication and in certain cases, heart surgery to treat this condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though a fatal problem with effective prognosis and treatment Pulmonary Atresia can be corrected and the child continues to have a normal life in the later years.