Karen on May 26th, 2009

This is one of the best illustrations I have found for explaining PAPVR. Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (PAPVR) is a rare congenital heart defect in which blood flow from one or more of the pulmonary veins return to the right atrium instead of to the left atrium.  This is a problem because the right [...]

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Karen on April 27th, 2009

When faced with a complicated congenital heart defect, confidence in the skill and expertise of your child’s surgeon is of paramount importance.  When our son, Nathan, was diagnosed with Scimitar Syndrome, a rare condition characterized by dextrocardia, pulmonary hypoplasia, and Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, we soon learned that our local surgeons had no personal [...]

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Karen on April 14th, 2009

Scimitar Syndrome is a rare congenital heart defect characterized by Partial (PAPVR) or Total (TAPVR) Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return.  The syndrome gets its name from the curved shape formed by the pulmonary vein.  On a chest radiograph, the vein is said to look like a scimitar, a curved sword originating in the Middle East. The [...]

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Karen on March 26th, 2009

In dextrocardia, the heart is abnormally positioned in the right chest instead of forming in the left.  This is frequently detected during prenatal ultrasound and may or may not indicate a heart problem. Dextrocardia Situs Inversus (mirror image) is extremely rare and usually involves no related medical problems.  If the viseral organs are mirrored as [...]

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