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Problems Involving More Than One Part of the Heart

1. Tetralogy of Fallot

This involves a hole between the ventricles, a narrow pulmonary hallway, an overriding aortic hallway, and enlargement and thickening of the right ventricular wall.

2. Truncus Arteriosus

Part of the wall between the front large heart chamber is missing. An overriding aorta, which means the door from the left ventricle (aortic valve) originates from both front chambers. Click here to see the operation to fix this defect.

3. Common Atrioventricular Canal

This defect involves a hole between the two atriums called a Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and a hole between the two ventricles called a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). There is a common opening between all the chambers of the heart. As a result, the wall that was separating the Mitral Valve and the Tricuspid Valve which usually looks like a cross is missing.

4. Ductus Arteriosus

Ductus Arteriosus is a passageway which normally is present in every baby before birth. It is a communication between the two major arteries coming out of the heart. The Ductus usually closes within the first few days after birth. Patent Ductus Arteriosus is a condition that exists when the Ductus does not close. Since the pressure in the Aorta is much higher than in the Pulmonary Artery lots of blood will be going to the Pulmonary Artery and it will be larger and the lungs will be getting much more blood than they really need.

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Children's Heart Institute

P. O. Box 10066 McLean, VA 22102

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