Transposition of Great Arteries is a congenital condition where the aorta comes out from the right ventricle and the pulmonary arteries from the left ventricle, instead of the normal positions. The exact cause of this condition has not been established. The exact conditions may differ between patients. The symptoms observed include the skin turning blue and shortness of breath. Poor gaining of weight and lack of appetite are also noticed in some.
HOW IS TRANSPOSITION OF GREAT ARTERIES DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of Transposition of Great Arteries is not an easy one. If the newborn baby has the bluish tinge on the skin, the Cardiologist will depend mostly on the known tests like the echocardiogram and chest X-ray to know if the child is indeed suffering from Transposition of Great Arteries. In other cases cardiac catheterization can also be done.
HOW IS TRANSPOSITION OF GREAT ARTERIES TREATED?
A surgical repair of the condition is the best treatment for Transposition of Great Arteries and the doctors may use cardiac catheterization also to conduct the switch to correct the anomaly. The medical terms for these procedures are known as Arterial switch and Atrial switch operations. The baby will, however, require aftercare throughout his/her life.
DID YOU KNOW?
That if you had been operated upon on birth for Transposition of Great Arteries then pregnancy could become complicated and has to be attempted only with the help of a doctor.