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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
At Boston Children's Hospital, we understand that the first step in treating your child is forming an accurate, complete and timely diagnosis.
If your newborn baby was born with a bluish tint to his skin, or if your young child is experiencing certain symptoms, your pediatrician will immediately refer you to a pediatric cardiologist (and/or neonatologist), who will perform a physical exam. Your child’s doctor will listen to your baby’s heart and lungs, measure the oxygen level in his blood (non-invasively) and make other observations that help to determine the diagnosis.
Your child’s cardiologist will also investigate whether he has a heart murmur—a noise heard through the stethoscope that’s caused by the turbulence of blood flow. If there’s a murmur (there isn’t always with TGA), the location in the chest where the murmur is best heard, as well as the sound and character of the murmur itself, will give the cardiologist an initial idea of the kind of heart problem your baby may have.
Note: If your child’s TGA was detected prenatally through ultrasound, upon birth he’ll be immediately admitted for stabilization and surgery.
For most patients, a echocardiogram and chest x-ray are all that’s needed to form a diagnosis. But in some circumstances, some or all of the following tests may be used to confirm a diagnosis of TGA and its related defects, and to provide detailed information on the exact shape of a patient’s heart:
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