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(d-TGA) dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries

A critical congenital heart defect that occurs in only about 1 of every 3,000 U.S. born babies each year, d-TGA is an abnormality involving the two main arteries carrying blood from the heart. In this defect, the aorta and the main pulmonary artery are transposed, or switched, and connected to the wrong heart chambers.

Normally, blood is carried throughout the body in this cycle: body -> heart -> lungs -> heart -> body. In the case of d-TGA, the cycle is either:

  • Body -> heart -> body: This results in a cycle without blood being sent to the lungs for oxygen;
  • Lungs -> heart -> lungs: This results in a cycle without oxygen being properly delivered throughout the body.

Symptoms & Treatment of dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries

This birth defect is usually apparent at birth or very soon after and almost always requires prompt surgery to remedy. Commonly, it is diagnosed with an echocardiogram or newborn pulse oximetry screening. But, even before such diagnostic testing is performed, physical symptoms often reveal the existence of this birth defect, such as:

  • Breathing problems
  • Weakened pulse
  • Bluish or ashen skin coloring (cyanosis)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Inability to feed properly

Medical Malpractice Claims for Congenital Heart Defects

The medical care of congenital heart defects is a specialized area. Although diagnostic testing can often disclose such abnormalities, nothing is ever 100%. Yet the stakes are so high when it comes to the health of newborns with heart defects that extreme care must always be taken in diagnosis and treatment. When a doctor or surgeon fails in this regard, a claim for medical malpractice may be the next appropriate step.

How might a doctor be negligent? If the obstetrician failed to take into account family history or other risk factors that existed, and therefore, failed to closely monitor the pregnancy, that may be negligence. It may be because drugs like SSRIs were prescribed during pregnancy, or it might be that an ultrasound was read improperly and follow-up testing was not done.

Aside from diagnostic issues, a doctor might be negligent for failing to take appropriate steps for proper treatment, or failing to immediately refer the infant to a pediatric cardiologist for possible emergency surgery. It also may be that the surgical intervention was negligently performed and injury occurred as a result. But medical malpractice can also refer to problems that show up much later as well. If a heart defect remains undiagnosed at birth, serious injury or death can result because proper treatment or precautions were not taken to deal with this abnormality.

Contact a Dedicated Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney

The experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyers affiliated with the law offices of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC offer free consultations regarding congenital birth defects that families believe may be due to the negligence of medical professionals. It’s not necessary for you to be certain there was a mistake in order to call us. We can speak to you free of charge to determine if further investigation seems like the right path. Millions of dollars have been collected for our past clients and there’s never a fee to speak with one of our lawyers. So call us anytime at (800) 996-4824. We’re here to help.

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