Heart and Blood Conditions

Ebstein's Anomaly Symptoms and Diagnosis

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    • Seattle Children's Main Campus: 206-987-2515
    • Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center: 425-454-4644
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Symptoms of Ebstein’s Anomaly

The symptoms of Ebstein’s anomaly range from life threatening to none at all.

Your child may have symptoms like these:

  • Skin, lips or nails that look blue (cyanosis)
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Fast, unregulated heartbeat pattern (supraventricular tachycardia)
  • Getting tired easily
  • Poor weight gain
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in the legs

Symptoms of Ebstein’s anomaly may change as children get older. Some people with Ebstein’s anomaly have no symptoms until they are adults.

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

Your child will also need to have tests that provide more information about how their heart looks and works and how severe their condition is. These may include chest X-rays, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the heart. For most people, the echocardiogram is the specific test that determines a diagnosis of Ebstein’s anomaly.

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Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.