Ebstein anomaly is defined as a rare congenital heart defect when the tricuspid valve, located between the two right heart chambers, doesn’t work properly. This is seen with the tricuspid valve sitting lower than normal in the right ventricle with abnormal formation of the tricuspid valve’s leaflets.
In the video below, Mayo Clinic cardiac surgeon Joseph Dearani, M.D. explains this anomaly and its treatment, including surgical interventions which have been performed approximately 1000 times at Mayo Clinic over the past 40 years.
Dr. Dearani explains when the diagnosis is made, and the unfortunately high mortality rate for a symptomatic newborn. He also details the existence of multiple surgical options, as well as the factors that go into deciding which surgery to choose.
He goes on to dictate how the diagnosis is confirmed, and how the severity of the anomaly plays a role in deciding if medical or surgical intervention is needed.
He finishes by describing how differences in the heart’s anatomy plays a role in deciding what kind of surgery is done, if at all, and details Mayo Clinic’s cardiology department and capabilities.
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