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?
A few tests could be done to diagnose DORV such as echocardiogram, chest x-rays and a MRI.
HOW IS DOUBLE OUTLET RIGHT VENTRICLE TREATED?
Surgery could be recommended by a paediatrician to close the hole in the heart and allow for the proper flow of blood.
DID YOU KNOW?
Complications from DORV may include:
• Congestive heart failure (CHF)
• High blood pressure in the lungs
• Irreversible damage to the lungs due to untreated high blood pressure in the lungs