Also known as: common truncus
What is Truncus Arteriosus?
In a normal heart, there are two blood vessels leading away from the heart: One taking oxygen-poor blood to the lungs, and one taking oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. With truncus arteriosus, the body only has one vessel leading out of the heart, and the oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood are mixed together. This can cause serious problems.
What causes truncus arteriosus?
Truncus arteriosus 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 truncus arteriosus?
As a lot of blood goes to the babies’ lungs, babies have problems breathing, breath faster, their hearts work harder, they have an ashen or bluish skin color are extremely fatigued, sleepy and feed poorly.
What are truncus arteriosus care options?
Medications to strengthen the heart may be needed, and surgery is required to repair this defect as soon as possible. More than one operation may be required.
From the Newsdesk
Congratulations to Heart Program physicians, Leo Lopez & Kristine Guleserian, on hosting the International Society for Nomenclature of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Disease's Annual Meeting.
The Jessica Clinton MVP Foundation hosted a free heart screening event on Saturday at the Florida Department of Health in Port St. Lucie. The Heart Program's own Dr. David Drossner supported this event as a pediatric heart expert.