Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is truncus arteriosus a life-threatening condition?
The oxygen-poor blood that should go to the lungs and the oxygen-rich blood that should go to the rest of the body are intermingled as a result of truncus arteriosus. This causes serious circulation issues. Truncus arteriosus can be lethal if left untreated.
2. How do you treat a truncus arteriosus problem?
Truncus arteriosus requires surgery to be treated. Medications to reduce fluid in the lungs and high-calorie feedings to develop strength may be required while your baby waits for surgery. In the first few days or weeks of life, most newborns with truncus arteriosus require surgery.
3. Is it possible for a baby to live with truncus arteriosus?
Most babies will die if the truncus arteriosus is not corrected through surgery. The surgery to correct it is usually effective, and the majority of babies recover quickly. However, as babies grow, some will require more procedures.
4. What indications and symptoms do you have if you have truncus arteriosus?
- Breathing difficulties.
- Pounding heart.
- Pulse is weak.
- Skin that is ashy or bluish in colour.
- Poor apatite
- Extreme drowsiness
5. Is truncus arteriosus a hereditary condition?
It is unknown what causes truncus arteriosus. Some cases may arise as a result of a complex combination of genetic and environmental variables, according to some theories (multifactorial inheritance).
6. When is the ideal time to have truncus arteriosus surgery done?
It's best to have surgery before your baby turns two months old for the best results and outcomes.
7. Will more surgeries be needed at a later date?
The surgeon will place a conduit during the truncus arteriosus procedure. The conduit used to establish the pulmonary artery will need to be altered as the child develops, necessitating a second surgery.
8. Can congenital heart defects be diagnosed before birth?
If risk factors are recognized, a foetal echocardiography performed between 18 and 24 weeks of pregnancy can provide detailed information on the heart. This test usually takes about 45 minutes. Depending on the outcome, suitable measures and arrangements should be implemented in order to ensure the best prognosis.