Truncus Arteriousus in Chicago
A congenital birth defect, Truncus Arteriosus is a rare condition that results in one large blood vessel (truncal valve) leading from the heart, rather than two separate blood vessels (pulmonary valve and aortic valve). So, rather than separating completely during the development of the fetus, the blood vessel maintains a connection between the pulmonary artery and the aorta. Babies with this condition also generally have a ventricular septal defect that allows oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood to mix together, resulting in excessive blood being pumped to the lungs and the heart working harder to supply blood to the rest of the body.
Symptoms and Signs of Truncus Arteriosus
If left untreated, this condition may be fatal. But surgery is usually successful. During the first few days of life, certain signs and symptoms are generally present which should alert medical personnel of this birth defect. These signs include:
- Excessive sleepiness
- Poor feeding habits
- Cyanosis (blue tint to skin)
- Tachypnea (rapid breathing)
- Pounding heart beat
- Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
Possible Causes of Truncus Arteriosus
Although an exact cause for a congenital birth defect is always difficult to determine, certain factors affecting the pregnant mother are known to increase the risk, including:
- Poorly-managed diabetes
- Contracting a viral illness, such as German measles (rubella)
Medical Malpractice Claims for Truncus Arteriosus Defects
Congenital heart defects like truncus arteriosus are often the result of genetic factors, but sometimes they can be influenced by things like the mother’s consumption of drugs/alcohol, prescription medications taken during pregnancy, or diseases contracted during pregnancy. In some circumstances, a doctor or other medical professional may be held liable for medical malpractice in relation to heart defects. Some examples include when:
- Doctors failed to properly monitor a fetus despite family genetic history of heart or birth defects.
- Doctors failed to perform ultrasounds to determine presence of a heart defect or failed to properly perform or supervise this diagnostic testing.
- Doctors failed to perform follow-up testing to confirm presence of birth defects.
- Doctor prescribed medications, such as antidepressant SSRIs, which have been linked to heart defects.
- A pharmaceutical manufacturer made and sold drugs or medication unsafe for pregnant women, without proper testing or warning instructions.
- Doctors failed to diagnose the condition at all, or the diagnosis was delayed, leading to medical complications that could likely have been remedied or reduced if properly diagnosed and treated at an earlier date.
Contact an Illinois Truncus Arteriosus Lawyer at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC
During any pregnancy, it is a doctor’s duty to monitor the mother’s condition to help avoid complications. If you believe that there is a possibility that a doctor or hospital may have contributed to, failed to diagnose, or failed to properly treat a birth defect, call Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC at (800) 996-4824 for free information. Our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys have collected millions of dollars for our other clients and there are never any fees unless we are successful on your behalf.
- Truncus Arteriosus - Mayo Clinic
- Facts about Truncus Arteriosus - CDC
- Truncus Arteriosus - American Heart Association