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Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR)

Also known as: TAPVR

What is Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return?

Ordinarily, oxygen-rich blood in the body enters the heart through a series of veins that feed into the left atrium of the heart. With total anomalous pulmonary venous return, however, these veins from the lungs to the heart are connected to parts of the heart other than the left atrium. The result is that the body does not get the oxygenated blood that it needs. The condition can be serious in many instances.

What causes total anomalous pulmonary venous return? 

Total anomalous pulmonary venous return is a defect that babies are born with (congenital birth defect). It is often present with other heart problems. The exact cause is not known.

What are the symptoms of total anomalous pulmonary venous return? 

Babies with total anomalous pulmonary venous return will be extremely fatigued, have rapid breathing, exhibit poor feeding and growth and have a bluish color due to lack of oxygen.

What are total anomalous pulmonary venous return care options? 

Surgery is required to repair this defect as soon as possible.

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