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Symptoms of Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return

Most babies with this condition start to have symptoms soon after birth. They may have symptoms like these:

  • Fast breathing or working hard to breathe
  • Being more tired than normal
  • Trouble feeding
  • Not growing as fast as normal
  • Bluish skin, lips or nailbeds (cyanosis)

Some children do not start having symptoms until later in infancy.

Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return Diagnosis

To diagnose this condition, your doctor will examine your child and use a stethoscope to listen to their heart.

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 pulmonary veins look and work. These may include electrocardiogram, echocardiographychest X-rays or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the heart and cardiac catheterization.

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