Pulmonary Atresia in Chicago
The critical congenital heart defect known as pulmonary atresia occurs when the valve that controls the flow of blood to the lungs from the heart’s right ventricle is not properly formed. Instead, a solid sheet of tissue exists, which blocks the travel of blood. As a result, no blood is able to pass from the right ventricle into the lungs. Although cardiac catheterization may improve blood flow, because this is a critical defect, surgery is usually necessary shortly after the baby’s birth. During such a procedure, the surgeon would replace or widen the pulmonary valve as well as make the pulmonary artery’s passage larger.
Types of Pulmonary AtresiaThere are two typical types of pulmonary atresia depending on whether the baby has a hole in the wall of the heart ventricles. They are:
- Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum: In this type, the septum (or wall) between the ventricles is intact and complete with a right ventricle that is very small and remains underdeveloped.
- Pulmonary atresia with VSD: In this type, a ventricular septal defect allows the flow of blood in and out of the right ventricle during pregnancy, so the pulmonary artery is not as small as atresia with an intact septum.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits for Pulmonary Atresia
Congenital heart defects are most often the result of genetic factors or unknown influences. But sometimes, environmental factors can act upon the growing fetus to create such heart abnormalities. Some examples include the administration of certain drugs during pregnancy, or the negligent prescription of medications such as certain SSRI antidepressants that have been linked to such birth defects. The obstetrician must look for risk factors and family histories of birth defects as he or she monitors a pregnancy.
Medical malpractice may also happen when a doctor doesn’t correctly perform an ultrasound or other diagnostic test, which leads to an incorrect diagnosis or no diagnosis at all. It is especially important for both the doctor and mother to know about any abnormalities at the earliest possible opportunity so that a specific course of treatment can be planned and arrangements can be made for the baby to be examined by a pediatric cardiologist after birth.
Those children who are born with pulmonary atresia typically require extensive monitoring by specialized doctors who deal with congenital heart defects. Complications like endocarditis may arise for children with such an abnormality. When a doctor fails to properly diagnose the condition, treat the condition, or monitor the condition, medical malpractice may have occurred.
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- Single Ventricle Defects - American Heart Association
- Pulmonary Atresia - Mayo Clinic
- Facts about Pulmonary Atresia - CDC