Heterotaxy Syndrome | Diagnosis and Treatment

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How is heterotaxy syndrome diagnosed?

In many cases, heterotaxy syndrome is diagnosed before birth with a fetal echocardiogram (heart ultrasound). After birth, doctors may use one or more of the following tests to diagnose the condition:

What are the treatment options for heterotaxy syndrome?

Heterotaxy is very complex and can involve extremely challenging problems, however Boston Children’s has spent years developing a team, protocols and approaches that work. We take on the most difficult situations and have solutions to offer.

Treatment for heterotaxy syndrome varies depending on the specific type of heart and organ problems the child has. In many cases, the child may need surgery to correct these abnormalities. The nature of the procedure (or procedures) depends on the patient’s individual problems. These procedures may require life-long follow-up with a cardiologist. Some children may also need to take medications to protect the heart or guard against infection.

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