Symptoms & Signs
Symptoms range from mild to very severe. Often, symptoms develop soon after birth and include bluish-colored lips and nails due to low blood oxygen levels. In severe cases, the baby appears very sick and has trouble breathing.
Symptoms in older children may include:
- Failure to grow
- Rapid breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Very fast heartbeat
Diagnosis & Tests
Newborns who have a severe leakage across the tricuspid valve will have very low levels of oxygen in their blood and significant heart swelling. The doctor may hear abnormal heart sounds, such as murmur, when listening to the chest with a stethoscope.
Tests that can help diagnose this condition include:
- Chest x-ray
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart
- Measurement of the electrical activity of the heart (EKG)
- Ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram)
Review Date : 2/5/2010
Reviewed By : Kurt R. Schumacher, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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