Karnataka: 3-day-old baby operated for congenital heart disease in Mangaluru | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: A three-day-old baby was operated on successfully at A J Hospital for a rare congenital heart disease.
The baby Padma (name changed) was referred to AJ Hospital with complaints of bluish discolouration of lips and fingertips, along with poor feeding and lethargy, said Dr Prashanth Marla, medical director, AJ Hospital and Research Centre.
“The baby girl was evaluated by Dr Prem Alva, an interventional paediatric cardiologist. The baby had a low oxygen level of 58%, and was diagnosed to have the heart on the right side of the chest. The blood vessel arising from the heart to the lungs was totally blocked, which is a condition called pulmonary atresia. Meanwhile, the baby also had a large hole in the heart,” Dr Marla said.
She was admitted to the Neonatal ICU and stabilized initially. A first stage procedure by pinhole surgery was done on the newborn baby in the Cathlab, by a team led by Dr Prem Alva, he said.
“Through a blood vessel in the leg, a catheter was passed into the baby’s lung blood vessel and PDA stenting was done. Cardiac anaesthesia during the procedure was a critical component, and was administered by Dr Gururaj Tantry and Dr Suhas. The stent allowed free flow of blood to the baby’s lung, and the oxygen improved from 58% to 94% after the procedure. The baby was discharged after a week of the procedure,” he said.
Dr Ashvij Shriyan, consultant neonatologist, played a vital role in the mechanical ventilation and management of the baby in the NICU, he added.
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