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Also known as: PA
Pulmonary atresia is a birth defect of the heart where the valve that controls the flow of blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs does not form, preventing blood picking up oxygen.
Pulmonary atresia is a congenital heart defect, which means that babies are born with it. Researchers aren't sure of the exact cause, but it often occurs along with other heart problems such as patent ductus arteriosus or ventricular septal defect.
Babies born with PA usually have symptoms at birth or soon afterwards. The lack of oxygen caused by pulmonary atresia leads to problems breathing and a blue tint to the skin. Sleepiness, fatigue & poor feeding also occur.
Pulmonary atresia is a “critical congenital heart defect”. Most babies will need medications to keep the ductus arteriosus open after birth to improve blood flow to the lungs. Surgical procedures will be needed to correct the defect.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: June 26, 2020 04:01 PM
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Patent ductus arteriosus is a heart condition that affects some babies soon after birth.
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RVOT reconstruction is a surgical repair of the RVOT. Frequently, a pulmonary valve will also need to be replaced as part of the reconstruction of the heart.