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Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return or TAPVR

Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous ReturnThis is a congenital heart birth defect in which oxygen-rich blood from the lungs does not return to the left atrium, but instead goes into the right side of the heart. This oxygen-rich blood mixes with the oxygen-poor blood. As a result, less oxygen is supplied to the body. This birth defect is called total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR).

Babies with TAPVR many times have an atrial septal defect (hole) that allows this mixed blood to reach the left side of the heart, where it then gets pumped out throughout the body. Depending on where the pulmonary veins connect abnormally to the heart, three different types of total anomalous pulmonary venous return exist. These include:

  • Cardiac TAPVR: Pulmonary veins connect to the right atrium and meet behind the heart.
  • Supracardiac TAPVR: Pulmonary veins form an abnormal connection and meet above the heart at the superior vena cava.
  • Infracardiac TAPVR: Pulmonary veins form an abnormal connection and meet below the heart.

Medical Malpractice Claims for Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return

Early detection by a doctor is of greatest importance for a baby with any birth defect like TAPVR. Heart defects require specialized care and, depending on the abnormality, often need emergency surgical intervention right after delivery. But even for less severe heart defects, immediate diagnosis is vital.

That’s because heart defects that are undiagnosed, or not diagnosed quickly, may lead to other problems in infancy as well as later in life, for example pulmonary hypertension. In serious cases, a failure to diagnose may lead to stroke or heart failure. So it’s so important that obstetricians and other medical providers keep a watchful eye for such defects. When they fail to do so, medical malpractice may occur.

During pregnancy, it’s considered standard procedure to perform one or more ultrasounds to look for potential heart and other birth defects. Later, once the baby is born, abnormalities can be confirmed with diagnostic testing, maybe an echocardiogram or cardiac catheterization. A wide array of diagnostic tests is available for doctors, so a lack of proper tools is never a good excuse. When doctors fail to do their job properly and a baby is harmed as a result, a negligence lawsuit may be the right path to pursue.

In some cases, a doctor may also be negligent if certain drugs are prescribed or allowed during the pregnancy. Of particular concern are drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). These drugs affect the body’s serotonin and have been linked to cardiac birth defects. SSRIs such as Celexa may lead to Primary Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN), which causes serious lung artery restrictions and may result in heart failure, brain failure, seizures, or other severe injury.

Contact a Chicago TAPVR Attorney at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC

Chicago, IL medical malpractice attorneys at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC have been assisting families touched by medical negligence since 1990 and millions of dollars have been recovered for our deserving clients and their families. You may have questions about whether doctor error played a part in your family’s particular circumstances. But when determining if medical malpractice occurred, you can’t simply ask your doctor is he or she made a medical mistake. Finding these answers is a difficult task without the assistance of experienced attorneys such as those at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC. So call us today at (800) 996-4824 for free information. We’re here to help.

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