In tricuspid atresia, the tricuspid heart valve and sometimes the lower right heart chamber do not form correctly. Blood does not flow through the heart as well as it should. A baby does not get the oxygen he or she needs.
This is a congenital heart defect. This means your baby was born with it.
Your baby may need special care, such as being in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This may be scary for you. But the hospital staff understands this. They will explain what happens and will answer your questions.
Your baby may get medicine. It may include medicines given through a blood vessel. This is often done through the belly button.
Your baby will have surgery to help blood flow to the lungs. What the doctor does during surgery depends on how well blood is flowing through the heart. Your baby will be asleep during the surgery.
Your baby will probably need more than one surgery. The surgeries may be done a few months apart.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to
know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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