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  • • A congenital heart lesion that increases pulmonary arterial blood flow

    • Results in left-to-right shunt, results in lung infection, pulmonary vascular congestion, pulmonary artery (PA) hypertension, right heart failure, pulmonary vasoconstriction, pulmonary vascular obstructive disease

    Eisenmenger syndrome: Increased pulmonary hypertension such that left-to-right shunt ceases and shunt becomes right-to-left, requiring heart-lung transplant

    • Inhaled nitric oxide, oxygen, or IV tolazoline reverses PA vasoconstriction

    • PA band is palliative and can reduce PA flow to alleviate RV failure and progression of pulmonary hypertension

    • Single large truncal vessel overrides ventricular septum and distributes all blood ejected from heart

    • Truncal root bifurcates into pulmonary trunk and aorta

    • Ventricular septal defect (VSD) present usually direct beneath truncal valve

    • Atrial septal defect (ASD) (> 40%), interrupted aortic arch (10%), abnormal origins of coronary artery

    • In most cases, pulmonary flow is increased

Symptoms and Signs

  • • Heart failure in most

    • Pulmonary vascular disease early

  • • Evaluate for associated cardiac and extracardiac anomalies

  • • Echocardiography: Diagnostic

    • Catheterization: Assess coronary arteries or truncal valve, or if age > 3 mos to assess for pulmonary hypertension

  • • Surgical repair: Closure of VSD, separation pulmonary arteries from truncal root, placing pulmonary allograft valve from RV, correct truncal insufficiency



  • • Warranted once diagnosis made


  • • Eisenmenger physiology (irreversible)


  • • Operative mortality 5-30% (related to truncal valve insufficiency, interrupted arch, coronary anomalies, and pulmonary hypertension)

    • Survivors often need future repair or replacement of truncal or pulmonary valve


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