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Also known as: HLHS
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is one of the most complex cardiac defects seen in newborns. Children diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome have all of the structures on the left side of the heart, which receive oxygenated blood from the lungs, severely undeveloped.
Babies with HLHS typically display the following:
Most of the time this heart defect occurs by chance, with no clear reason for its development.
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is one of the most readily diagnosed on fetal echocardiograms and is one of the most common cardiac defects picked up on an obstetrical ultrasounds.
Surgery for babies with HLHS will allow their heart to pump blood better to the lungs and the rest of the body. The surgery is conducted in three phases during the first few years of life.
Reviewed by: Anthony F. Rossi, MD
This page was last updated on: November 13, 2020 11:19 AM
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