Key Points About Truncus Arteriosus in Children
- Truncus arteriosus happens when there is an abnormal connection between the aorta and pulmonary artery.
- It causes oxygen-poor (blue) blood and oxygen-rich blood to mix and to be pumped to the body. This causes blue skin, lips or nails (cyanosis).
- The low levels of oxygen may not be enough to meet the body's needs and sustain life.
- The condition must be treated with surgery. Most children who have surgery will live healthy lives.
- Your child will need regular follow-up care with a pediatric cardiologist.
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Departments that Treat Truncus Arteriosus
Prenatal Cardiology Program
Children diagnosed with heart conditions before they are born receive comprehensive, expert care from our fetal cardiology specialists. Learn more about our Prenatal Cardiology Program.
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.
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.