Truncus arteriosus is a rare heart defect that's present at birth (congenital). If your baby has truncus arteriosus, it means that one large blood vessel leads out of the heart. Normally, there are two separate vessels coming out of the heart. The symptoms:
• Blue coloring of the skin
• Poor feeding
• Pounding heart
• Excessive sleepiness
• Poor growth
• Shortness of breath
• Rapid breathing
HOW IS TRUNCUS ARTERIOSUS DIAGNOSED?
A murmur is most often heard when listening to the heart with a stethoscope. Tests include:
• Chest x-ray
• Cardiac catheterization
• MRI of the heart
HOW IS TRUNCUS ARTERIOSUS TREATED?
Most infants with Truncus Arteriosus have surgery within the first few weeks after being born and medication is usually prescribed before surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
If untreated, then the problem of Truncus arteriosus leads to heart failure, and also death in the first year of life.