How is truncus arteriosus treated?
If your child has this condition, he or she will need heart surgery to repair it.
Surgery is recommended within the first few weeks of life. During the procedure, a pediatric cardiac surgeon will close the holes within the heart and separate the pulmonary artery and the truncal artery.
Usually, surgeons will place a tube or conduit from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery. This tube will need to be replaced in the future, usually several years after the first operation as the child grows.
In older children, surgical therapy may not be possible, which is why it is important to diagnose this condition as soon as possible.
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Recovery and life after surgery
After truncus arteriosus is repaired, children will spend 2 to 3 weeks in the hospital and have follow-up appointments with a cardiologist.