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?
Some cases of Tricuspid Atresia can be detected before the baby is delivered. The routine ultrasound tests might reveal the condition. Rest of the cases are highlighted only after delivery. Cardiac catheterization is another useful tool employed by the Cardiologists to get the precise status of the heart’s functioning.
HOW IS TRICUSPID ATRESIA TREATED?
Treatment for tricuspid atresia involves surgery to ensure adequate blood flow through the heart and into the lungs, allowing your baby's body to receive the proper amount of oxygen-rich blood. Often, this requires more than one surgical procedure which include:
1. Atrial septostomy
3. Pulmonary artery band replacement
4. Glenn procedure
5. Fontan procedure
Surgical procedures are followed by antibiotic medications.
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.