Heart and Blood Conditions
Truncus Arteriosus Symptoms and Diagnosis
- For appointments in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Wenatchee, call 206-987-2515.
- For appointments in Tacoma and Silverdale, call 253-272-1812.
- For appointments in Alaska, call 907-339-1945.
- How to schedule
If this is a medical emergency, call 911.
- Seattle Children's Main Campus: 206-987-2515
- Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center: 425-454-4644
- Everett: 425-304-6080
- South Clinic in Federal Way: 253-838-5878
- Olympia: 360-459-5009
- South Sound Cardiology Clinics: 253-272-1812
- Tri-Cities (Richland): 509-946-0976
- Wenatchee: 509-662-9266
- Pediatric Cardiology of Alaska: 907-339-1945
- Seattle Children's doctors provide many cardiac services at regional sites throughout the Pacific Northwest. See our complete list of Heart Center locations.
- If you are a provider, fax a New Appointment Request Form (NARF) (PDF) (DOC) to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
- No pre-referral work-up is required for most conditions. If you have already done testing such as an EKG, Holter monitor or echocardiogram, please fax this information as well as relevant clinic notes and the NARF to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
- Your patient will be seen as quickly as possible by the provider who is the best match for managing the current problem.
- View our complete Heart Center Referral Information (PDF).
Symptoms of Truncus Arteriosus
Babies with truncus arteriosus may have these symptoms:
- Bluish skin, lips and nail beds (cyanosis)
- Fast breathing
- Working hard to breathe
- Trouble feeding
- Delayed growth or failure to thrive
- Getting more tired than normal
- Thicker, broader fingertips (clubbing)
They may also develop symptoms of heart failure.
Truncus Arteriosus Diagnosis
To diagnose this condition, your doctor will examine your child and use a stethoscope to listen to their heart. In children with this condition, doctors can often hear a heart murmur.
The doctor will ask for details about any symptoms your child has, their health history and your family health history.
Your child will need tests that provide more information about how their heart and nearby blood vessels look and work. These may include electrocardiogram, chest X-rays or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the heart, echocardiography and cardiac catheterization.
Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.