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Pediatric Tricuspid Atresia

Key Points About Tricuspid Atresia in Children

  • Tricuspid atresia (TA) occurs when the tricuspid valve does not develop correctly. This prevents blood flow from the right atrium to the right ventricle.
  • TA may be identified during a prenatal ultrasound or shortly after birth when the baby becomes blue (cyanotic).
  • Your child will stay in the intensive care unit (ICU).
  • Your child will need medicines and a series of surgeries to allow oxygen-rich (red) blood to be pumped to the body.
  • Your child will need to be followed by a specialist in congenital heart conditions throughout their life.


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Cardiac Catheterization at Children's National Hospital

The pediatric heart experts at Children's National Hospital treat children with the most complex heart, blood vessel and valve conditions. Our Cardiac Catheterization program has one of the highest success rates for cardiac catheterization procedures. Learn more about Cardiac Catheterization.

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Providers Who Treat Tricuspid Atresia

    Departments that Treat Tricuspid Atresia

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    Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

    Our pediatric heart surgery team performs twice the number of surgeries of any other hospital in the region, with some of the best outcomes in the nation.

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    Children's National Heart Center

    Our expert pediatric heart team, including more than 40 subspecialties, offer advanced heart care and excellent outcomes for thousands of children every year.

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    Cardiac Imaging

    We have expertise in the full spectrum of cardiac imaging, including transesophageal, prenatal, 3-D, intracardiac, and stress echocardiography and cardiac MRI.