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We have an unusually large, interdisciplinary cardiovascular team, including cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, intensive care specialists, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers and other caregivers. At every step, we base our decisions on the best available evidence and ongoing research, much of which is done here.
––Ronald Lacro, MD, associate in Cardiology, Boston Children's Hospital
If your infant or child has been diagnosed with truncus arteriosus, an understanding of the condition will help you to cope with this rare and complex congenital (present at birth) heart defect. While very serious, truncus arteriosus is treatable through surgery, and the outlook for most babies with this cardiac defect is very positive.
Truncus arteriosus is a complex defect in which a single vessel (instead of the usual two separate arteries) arises from the heart. The normal embryonic heart starts with a single great artery, the truncus arteriosus, which normally divides into two--the aorta which pumps to the body, and the pulmonary artery which pumps to the lungs. Truncus arteriosus results when the single great vessel has fails to separate completely into the aorta and the pulmonary artery, and the truncus arteriosus pumps both to the body and to the lungs.
Our team in Boston Children’s Cardiovascular Program understands how distressing a diagnosis of truncus arteriosus can be for parents. You can have peace of mind knowing that our surgeons treat some of the most complex pediatric heart conditions in the world, with overall success rates approaching 98 percent—among the highest in the nation among large pediatric cardiac centers.
Our specialized training in pediatric cardiology means that we understand the unique challenges, circumstances and intricacies of working with young people who have heart conditions. In addition to our medical expertise, we provide patient-centered care that always recognizes your child as an individual—and we offer resources to meet the needs of your entire family.
We use the following elements to provide the best possible outcomes:
… and hear words of wisdom from their parents, siblings and caregivers.
Consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the United States, Boston Children’s is home to the world’s most extensive pediatric hospital research enterprise; and we partner with elite health care and biotech organizations around the globe. But as specialists in innovative, family-centered care, our physicians never forget that your child is precious, and not just a patient.
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”