Doctors for Transposition of Great Arteries in Belavanki, Hubli-Dharwad
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TRANSPOSITION OF GREAT ARTERIES
Transposition of the great arteries is a serious but rare heart defect present at birth (congenital), in which the two main arteries leaving the heart are reversed.
Transposition of the great arteries symptoms include:
• Blue color of the skin (cyanosis)
• Shortness of breath
• Lack of appetite
• Poor weight gain
HOW IS TRANSPOSITION OF GREAT ARTERIES DIAGNOSED?
A cardiologist diagnoses this condition by the following tests:
3. Cardiac catheterization
4. Chest X Ray
HOW IS TRANSPOSITION OF GREAT ARTERIES TREATED?
The immediate management of an infant with transposition focuses on establishing safe oxygen levels and stable cardiac and pulmonary function. A procedure called a ""balloon atrial septostomy"" is often performed once the diagnosis is confirmed. Before birth, all babies have a connection between the right atrium and the left atrium (called a foramen ovale). After birth, this normal connection may allow some mixing of blood to occur but may not provide enough mixing. This balloon atrial septostomy procedure is performed by passing a special balloon-tipped catheter into the heart from either a vessel in the umbilicus or a vessel in the groin.
DID YOU KNOW?
After corrective surgery, the baby will require lifelong follow-up care with a cardiologist to monitor his/her heart health.