Tricuspid Atresia is a condition seen in newborns in which they are born without an important part of the heart called the tricuspid valve and this valve plays a part in the heart’s essential function, which is to pump blood between the lungs and body. Tricuspid Atresia is a rare heart disorder that’s congenital, or present at birth. There are three forms of Tricuspid Atresia namely Large SVSD, Moderate VSD and Small VSD. Some of the common signs of Tricuspid Atresia include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, slow growth, sweating and a bluish skin.
HOW IS TRICUSPID ATRESIA DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician diagnoses Tricuspid Atresia by performing a routine prenatal ultrasound that monitors the growth of the baby and by performing a physical examination. Additional tests include ultrasound of the heart, chest X-ray, MRI of the heart and electrocardiogram to diagnose Tricuspid Atresia.
HOW IS TRICUSPID ATRESIA TREATED?
Surgery is the primary treatment for Tricuspid Atresia and the two surgeries used to treat Tricuspid Atresia includes Shunt Placement and Hemi-Fontan Procedure and Fontan Procedure.
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.