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Pulmonary atresia

  • Alternative Names

    Pulmonary atresia - intact ventricular septum; PA/IVS


    Symptoms

    Symptoms usually occur in the first few hours of life, although it may take up to a few days.

    Symptoms may include:

    • Bluish colored skin (cyanosis)
    • Fast breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Poor eating habits (babies may get tired while nursing or sweat during feedings)
    • Shortness of breath

    Signs and tests

    The health care provider will use a stethoscope to listen to the heart and lungs. Persons with a PDA have a heart murmur that can be heard with a stethoscope.

    The following tests may be ordered:

    • Chest x-ray
    • Echocardiogram
    • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
    • Heart catheterization
    • Pulse oximetry - shows the amount of oxygen in the blood