Double inlet left ventricle - Symptom
DILV; Single ventricle; Common ventricle
Symptoms of DILV may include:
- Becoming tired easily, especially during feeding
- Bluish skin color (the lips may also be blue)
- Failure to gain weight and grow
- Pale skin (pallor)
- Poor feeding
- Swollen legs or abdomen
- Trouble breathing
Signs and tests:
Signs of DILV may include:
- Abnormal heart rhythm, as seen on an electrocardiogram
- Build-up of fluid around the lungs
- Heart failure
- Heart murmur
- Rapid heartbeat
Tests to diagnose DILV may include:
- Measurement of the electrical activity in the heart (electrocardiogram, or ECG)
- Passing a thin, flexible tube into the heart to examine the arteries (cardiac catheterization)
- Ultrasound exam of the heart (echocardiogram)
- Using magnets to create images of the heart (MRI)
- Reviewed last on: 4/30/2010
- Kurt R. Schumacher, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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Townsend Jr. CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, et al, eds. Townsend: Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, 18th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:1777-1783: chap 43.
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