Sunday, April 27, 2008

L-TGA Part 2

On Wednesday, I posted a picture of a congenital heart defect called L-TGA, or Levo-Transposition of the Great Arteries.

This is part of the CHD that my 2 year old has.

When L-TGA stands alone, as pictured, it is called Simple L-TGA. Usually, it is accompanied by other defects and is then called Complex L-TGA.

In our case, Complex L-TGA includes: L-TGA as pictured; a ventricular septal defect; an atrial septal defect, pulmonary stenosis, subpulmonary stenosis, slightly hypoplastic right ventricle; possible mitral stenosis and WPW-a supraventricular tachycardia controlled by medication.

The ventricular septal defect closed on its own during infancy, overgrowing and creating a blockage in the pulmonary artery, hence the subpulmonary stenosis.

Amazingly complicated.

On a similar note, my older son also had Complex CHD. His consisted of D-TGA; a ventricular septal defect; an atrial septal defect, Coarctation of the Aorta; Tricuspid Atresia; complete heart block (w/pacemaker at 3 weeks of age).

Both boys' CHD fall into the Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome spectrum.

Here is a link to a website that gives more information on each individual defect:

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