Pulmonary Atresia Repair
 
 

Pulmonary Atresia Repair

Pulmonary atresia is a heart condition at birth where the pulmonary valve does not properly form. The pulmonary valve, an opening on the right side of the heart, regulates blood flow from the right ventricle to the lungs. The right ventricle is a pumping chamber on the right side.

In pulmonary atresia, solid tissue develops at the opening, keeping the valve closed. Blood from the right side of the heart cannot go to the lungs to acquire oxygen.

Surgery is required to repair this defect. The timing of the surgery and the number of surgeries depends on whether the heart has other defects and the size of the ventricles. Shunts, tube-like conduits, are sometimes an option. A series of staged surgeries is another possibility.

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