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Present right from birth, Tricuspid atresia is defined as a condition or type of congenital heart disease in which there is a complete absence of the tricuspid valve. Due to the lack of this right atrioventricular connection the heart does not finish developing leading to lack of oxygen, blueness in the body, trouble in breathing, poor feeding habits and also difficulty in maintaining blood flow.
HOW IS TRICUSPID ATRESIA DIAGNOSED?
This condition may be discovered during routine prenatal ultrasound imaging or when the baby is examined after birth. Bluish skin is present at birth. A heart murmur is often present at birth and may increase in loudness over several months.
Tests may include the following:
• Chest x-ray
• Cardiac catheterization
• MRI of the heart
HOW IS TRICUSPID ATRESIA TREATED?
There is a complicated procedure called PGE1 that is undertaken to maintain the patient ductus arteriosus. In other cases surgical procedures like Blalock-Taussig and cavopulmonary anastomosis are also done. Other surgeries and treatment modes here include Fontan procedure to help in enhancing blood flow.
DID YOU KNOW?
To monitor his or her heart health, your baby will need lifelong follow-up care with a cardiologist who specializes in congenital heart disease.