Treatment for transposition of the great arteries
At Children's Colorado, our pediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons begin treating transposition of the great arteries right after birth.
Transposition of the great arteries treatments include:
If your child is born with D-type transposition, he or she may require medication and surgery very soon after birth. Most often, children are treated in the intensive care unit with intravenous (IV) medication and oxygen. Sometimes a breathing tube may be necessary for a short time.
If the hole between the atria (atrial septal defect) is not large enough, a minor procedure called an atrial septectomy or Rashkind procedure may be necessary to widen it so oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood can mix inside the heart. This is usually performed in the intensive care unit by your child's cardiologist.
The only treatment for D-type transposition of the great arteries is heart surgery. The best and most common surgery is the arterial switch procedure, which is performed by pediatric cardiac surgeons. During this surgery, the pulmonary artery and aorta are switched back to their normal positions and the coronary arteries and large blood vessels are also switched. Any holes in the heart will also be repaired.
What are the expected outcomes for children with transposition of the great arteries?
After surgery, most children with transposition of the great arteries go on to live normal, healthy lives, but should be followed by a cardiologist for some time after surgery.
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