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Also known as: APW, aortopulmonary septal defect, congenital heart defect, birth defect of the heart, aortopulmonary fenestration
Two of the major arteries of the heart are the pulmonary artery, which takes blood from the heart to the lungs, and the aorta, which takes blood from the heart to the body. When there is a hole that connects these two arteries to one another, this rare congenital (present at birth) heart abnormality is known as aortopulmonary window. In almost 50% of patients it occurs with other heart defects.
Aortopulmonary window occurs because of a problem in the hearts development during intrauterine life. While the cause is unknown, in some babies it may be due to chromosomal abnormalities.
Aortopulmonary window symptoms include:
Aortopulmonary window is typically treated with open heart surgery shortly after birth to repair the defect.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD
This page was last updated on: June 26, 2020 04:04 PM
The Heart Institute – a world leader in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and the care of children with congenital heart disorders – serves as a beacon to families
confronting the reality of a child or newborn with a heart defect.
Any unusual physical feature or health problem that is present at the birth of a baby is known as a birth defect or a congenital anomaly.
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