Persistent truncus arteriosus

  • Barbara Ferdman
  • Gautam Singh

Opinion statement

Survival of patients with persistent truncus arteriosus, otherwise known as truncus arteriosus communis, has increased over the past several years with advances in congenital heart surgery and postoperative management. Despite the fact that ongoing debate regarding timing for surgical intervention, timing and indication for truncal valve replacement, and the ideal materials to use for the right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit, perseverance on the part of cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, and the rest of the medical team caring for these patients has resulted in longer and improved quality of life. Early, accurate diagnosis, initial stabilization, and medical management in the perinatal period, and surgical intervention are most important in preventing or decreasing long-term morbidity and mortality.


Pulmonary Artery Main Side Effect Milrinone Main Drug Interaction DiGeorge Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Ferdman
    • 1
  • Gautam Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric CardiologyCardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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