Tricuspid atresia is a heart disorder which is found in babies immediately after birth. The disorder is congenital and involves one of the valves (tricuspid valve), situated between two of the chambers of the heart, the right atrium and the right ventricle. Only a solid tissue, or none for that matter is present between the chambers. Babies affected with tricuspid atresia cannot breathe properly, as the blood cannot flow into the lungs and pick up oxygen. A mixture of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood flows throughout the body. Bluish skin, fast breathing, shortness of breath, growth problems etc. are some common symptoms.
HOW IS TRICUSPID ATRESIA DIAGNOSED?
A medicine called prostaglandin E1 is used to keep the ductus arteriosus open, so that blood can circulate into the lungs.