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Symptoms of Ebstein’s Anomaly

This condition can range from mild to severe. So can the symptoms.

Some people do not have any symptoms or do not get them until adulthood. But often babies start to have symptoms not long after they are born.

Your child may have symptoms like these:

  • Bluish skin, lips or nailbeds (cyanosis)
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Getting tired easily
  • Failure to thrive 
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Arrhythmia

Symptoms of Ebstein’s anomaly may get worse over time without treatment.

Ebstein’s Anomaly Diagnosis

To diagnose this condition, your doctor will examine your child, check their heartbeat and listen to the their heart. In children with this anomaly, doctors can often hear a heart murmur — the sound of blood moving in the heart in a way that’s not normal.

The doctor will ask for details about your child’s symptoms, their health history and your family health history.

Your child will also need to undergo testing that will provide more information about how their heart looks and works and how severe their condition is. These may include a chest X-raysechocardiogramelectrocardiogram or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the heart.

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