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Repair of Truncus Arteriosus

Repair of Truncus Arteriosus

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Published by Redmond P. Burke MD
Redmond Burke MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Miami Children's Hospital, shares the MCH team approach to patients with Truncus Arteriosus
Redmond Burke MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Miami Children's Hospital, shares the MCH team approach to patients with Truncus Arteriosus

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Truncus Arteriosus
Cara Guenther
Undergraduate Fellow
Redmond P. Burke
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular SurgeryThe Congenital Heart InstituteMiami Children·s Hospital and Arnold Palmer Hospitalwww.pediatricsurgery.com
 
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hat is Truncus Arteriosus?
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In a child with Truncus Arteriosus (TA), the embryologicalstructure known as the truncus arteriosus does not divideproperly into the aorta and pulmonary artery.
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Normally, a child has two main blood vessels leaving the heart²the pulmonary artery that supplies blood to the lungs and theaorta that supplies blood to the body.
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A child with Truncus Arteriosus, however, has one large vessel,or truncus, that leaves the heart and later splits to supply boththe lungs and body with blood. Usually this vessel only has onelarge valve, known as the truncal valve.
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Children with Truncus Arteriosus also have a ventricle septaldefect (VSD), or a hole in the septum separating the left andright ventricle. The child·s truncus sits on top of this opening.
Information from http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/heart-encyclopedia/anomalies/truncus.htm
 
Normal Heart vs. Heart withTruncus Arteriosus
Normal HeartHeart with TA
Images from www.americanheart.org
*Please note the completely separatepulmonary artery and aorta as well asthe continuous ventricular septum.*Please note the single largevessel (truncus) and the hole inthe ventricular septum (VSD)

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We recently uploaded a video demonstrating the operative repair and postoperative recovery after Truncus Arteriosus Repair on Youtube at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXlWeSGIR7A ">The Congenital Heart Surgery Video Project </a>
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Our Premedical Student, Cara Guenther, did a great job reviewing our approach to Truncus Arteriosus, and calculating our results to date.
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