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T a p v c


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T a p v c

  1. 1. Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection TAPVC is a congenital heart defect in which the pulmonary veins do not connect normally to the left atrium. Instead they connect to the right atrium, often by way of the superior venacava. Relatively rare, it occurs in about 1 in 17,000 live births.(Fulton,2008).ASD or foramen ovale always present. Right to left shunt. Accounts for only 1-2% of CHD.
  2. 2. Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC) 1 - superior vena cava 2 - atrial septal defect 3 - left innominate vein 4 - pulmonary veins Oxygenated blood returning from the lungs is routed back into the superior vena cava, rather than the left atrium. The presence of an atrial septal defect is necessary to allow partially oxygenated blood to reach the left side of the heart.
  3. 3. Pathophysiology Oxygenated blood that would normally enter the left atrium now enters the right atrium and passes to the right ventricle. As a result the pressure on the right side of the heart increases, leading to hypertrophy. TAPVC is incompatible with life unless there is an associated defect present that allows for shunting of blood from the highly pressured right side of the heart. A patent foramen ovale or an ASD is usually present.
  4. 4. Since none of the pulmonary veins connect normally to the left atrium, the only source of blood to the left atrium is blood that is shunted from the right atrium across the defect to the left side of the heart. The highly oxygenated blood from the lungs completely mixes with the poorly oxygenated blood returning from the systemic circulation. This causes an overload of the right atrium and right ventricle. The increased blood volume going into the lungs can lead to pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary edema. (Fulton,2008; Miyamoto etal,2011)
  5. 5. Types Supracardiac (type 1): The pulmonary veins drain into the right atrium through the superior venacava.(50% of cases) Cardiac (type 2): There are two types: The pulmonary veins can directly enter into right atrium. Or the pulmonary veins can drain into the coronary sinus.(30% of cases)
  6. 6. Infracardiac (type 3): The pulmonary veins drain into the right atrium through the liver(hepatic) veins and the inferior vena cava.(15% of cases). Mixed (type 4): The pulmonary veins split up and drain partially to more than one of these options.(5% of cases).
  7. 7. T A P V C - Supracardiac
  8. 8. T A P V C - Cardiac
  9. 9. T A P V C - Infracardiac
  10. 10. Clinical manifestations Depends on the presence of obstruction to pulmonary venous drainage and size of ASD. In supracardiac type without obstruction: mild cyanosis, CHF, S2 wide and splitted. Infracardiac type is always obstuctive. Infants are always symptomatic, Pulmonary hypertension, cyanosis, tachycardia etc.
  11. 11. Investigations Chest x-ray: normal or mildly cardiomegaly Varying degrees of pulmonary edema ECG: With obstruction: RV volume overload Right axis deviation RVH
  12. 12. Echocardiograhy: confirms the diagnosis. Right heart volume overloaded ASD if present. R-L atrial level shunting PulmonaryVein(site of drainage and degree of obstruction) Cardiac catheterization : To visualise the abnormal connection of pulmonary veins particularly if an obstruction is present.
  13. 13. Treatment options TAPVR requires open-heart surgery in all cases. Critically ill newborns will have surgery immediately. If the child is not critically ill, doctors may wait up to two months to perform surgery, depending on the strength of the child and on the heart anatomy.
  14. 14. Surgery: In TAPVC, the pulmonary veins despite their abnormal connections to other veins, all end in a collection(called a ‘confluence’) at the back of the left atrium. The surgeon opens the confluence so that the veins can drain into the left atrium. Then ties off all the abnormal connections between the pulmonary veins and other veins, so that blood can follow only the path to the left atrium. The surgeon also closes septal defects with tiny patches or stitches, and closes the PDA. As the child ages, the lining of the heart grows over the stitches. In a nutshell surgery is, the pulmonary vein is repositioned to the back of the left atrium & the ASD is closed.
  15. 15. Nursing management Preoperatively note history of cyanosis, tiring easily and difficulty in feeding. Observe the chest for prominence of right ventricular impulse & retractions with tachypnea. Auscultate the heart, noting fixed splitting of the second heart sound & a murmur. Palpate the abdomen for hepatomegaly. Postoperatively, monitor for dysrhythmias, heart block & persistent heart failure.
  16. 16. Prognosis Prognosis without surgery is poor, with 80% of symptomatic infants dying before 1 year of age. There is no long-term palliative intervention for TAPVD & total correction is necessary for all cases. The long-term results for survivors of the surgery are generally good.
  17. 17. Late death following repair is uncommon but, when it occurs, it is often caused by intimal fibroplasia of the pulmonary veins away from the anastamosis.
  18. 18. Thank You… Deepa Merin Kuriakose Assistant Professor Govt. College of Nursing, Kottayam