Treatments For Tricuspid Atresia
What are the signs that babies show when they have tricuspid atresia?
How to diagnose this congenital heart defect.
Knowing the symptoms of tricuspid atresia is very important. Even before you take the baby for tests and diagnosis, the child might be showing some symptoms.
In fact, for some parents, it the symptoms or signs that the child is showing that will urge them to take him or her for a medical checkup.
The symptoms of tricuspid atresia depend on the specific heart defect.
While some babies show the symptom at the early hours of birth, some babies will or may be healthy at birth and they only begin to show symptoms in the first two months of life.
However, the common symptoms of tricuspid atresia include the following;
1. For some babies, they show signs of distress within the first few hours of their delivery. the sign of distress is quite different from what babies show normally at birth. The distress is often gross.
2. Also, the baby might show signs of weakness or extreme tiredness at early hours of birth. The baby will be fatigued.
3. Shortness of breath is another symptom.
4. For babies that show the symptoms after a month or two, a sudden or unexplainable weight gain can occur. One can also notice the signs of fluid retention in them.
5. Difficulty breathing (dyspnea) can also occur.
6. Edema or swelling of the legs and feet.
7. Cyanosis might also occur, this is a bluish skin color.
The diagnosis of tricuspid atresia is not difficult. Some doctors may notice it when the child is still in the womb through prenatal ultrasounds.
Doctors can also diagnose it through physical examination and several tests after the baby has been born.
Some of the tests include an ultrasound of the heart, chest X-ray, MRI of the heart, a cardiac catheterization and an electrocardiogram or echocardiogram.
As soon as you notice the above symptoms in the child, take the child to a proper for proper examination and treatment. Some of the ways to treat tricuspid atresia include the following;
- Heart surgery.
- Glenn shunt or Hemi-Fontan procedure.
- Fontan Procedure, etc.