Single ventricle anomalies are rare congenital heart defects in which one of the ventricles (or chambers) of the heart does not develop properly, or when the heart can’t be separated into two chambers. Children who are born with single ventricle anomalies can undergo the Fontan procedure to receive better oxygenation and better exercise capacity.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a single ventricle anomaly affect the heart’s circulation?
Are there different types of single ventricle anomalies?
What causes single ventricle anomalies?
How are single ventricle anomalies diagnosed?
What is the Fontan procedure and how can it treat single ventricle anomalies?
What are the stages of a single ventricle anomaly repair?
Are there any risks with the Fontan procedure?
Do you need long-term follow-up care if you have the Fontan procedure?
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Providers Who Treat Single Ventricle Anomalies and the Fontan Procedure
Departments that Treat Single Ventricle Anomalies and the Fontan Procedure
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