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2 Defined as congenital absence or agenesis of the tricuspid valve, with no direct communication between the right atrium and right ventricle. Incidence : 0.06 per 1000 live births Prevalence :in clinical series of congenital heart disease is %.

3 HISTORY First reported by Kreysig in 1817.
Clinical features reported by Bellet and Stewart in Also by Taussig and Brown in 1936.

4 EMBRYOLOGY During early embryogenesis,the process of expansion of the inlet portion of the right ventricle coincides with development of the AV valves. Failure of this process of inlet expansion is the pathogenetic mechanism for the usual muscular variety of tricuspid atresia.

5 The less common variety , with well formed but fused leaflets,occurs if the embryological insult occurs later in gestation. If valve fusion is incomplete, tricuspid stenosis develops.


7 ANATOMY The most common type of tricuspid atresia is muscular .
It is characterized by a dimple or a localized fibrous thickening in the floor of the right atrium at the expected site of the tricuspid valve. The muscular variety constitutes 89% of cases.


9 In the membranous type (6
In the membranous type (6.6%), the atrioventricular portion of the membranous septum forms the floor of the right atrium at the expected location of the tricuspid valve. This particular type appears to be associated with absent pulmonary valve leaflets.

10 Minute valvar cusps are fused together in the valvar type (1%).
In the Ebstein type (2.6%), fusion of the tricuspid valve leaflets occurs; attachment is displaced downward, and plastering of the leaflets to the right ventricular wall occurs.

11 The atrioventricular canal type is extremely rare (0. 2%)
The atrioventricular canal type is extremely rare (0.2%). -a leaflet of the common atrioventricular valve seals off the only entrance into the right ventricle.


13 The right atrium is enlarged and hypertrophied.
An interatrial communication is necessary for survival. This communication most commonly is a stretched patent foramen ovale.

14 A true ASD is much less common and when present is almost always in the ostium secundum location.
Rarely, the patent foramen ovale is obstructive and may form an aneurysm of the fossa ovalis, which is sometimes large enough to produce mitral inflow obstruction

15 The left atrium may be enlarged, especially when the pulmonary blood flow is increased.
The mitral valve is morphologically normal; it is rarely incompetent and has a large orifice. The left ventricle is enlarged and hypertrophied but usually morphologically normal

16 The right ventricle is small and hypoplastic.
In patients with a large VSD or TGA, the size of the right ventricle may be larger, but, even in these patients, the right ventricle is smaller than normal.

17 VSD in tricuspid atresia
Associated VSD is common with TA, seen in about 90% of individuals during infancy. Is usually perimembranous but also may occur in the muscular septum or as a component of an atrioventricular septal defect, although the latter is rare. At birth the VSD is usually restrictive,permitting adequate but not excessive pulmonary blood flow .

18 This advantage is often lost, as 40% of these defects close spontaneously/ decrease in size-”acquired pulmonary atresia” The majority of defects close in the first yr of life. These restrictive VSD’S cause subpulmonic obstruction in pts with normally related great arteries, and subaortic obstruction in pts with TGA.

19 Classification Proposed by Kuhne and later modified Type 1 : normally related great arteries (70 – 80%) a. intact ventricular septum with pulmonary atresia( 9%) b. small ventricular septal defect and pulmonary stenosis( 51%) c. large ventricular septal defect without pulmonary stenosis ( 9%)

20 Type ii : D-transposition of great arteries (12 – 25%) a
Type ii : D-transposition of great arteries (12 – 25%) a. ventricular septal defect with pulmonary atresia( 2%) b. ventricular septal defect with pulmonary stenosis( 8%) c. ventricular septal defect without pulmonary stenosis(18%)

21 Type 3 :L- Transposition or malposition of great arteries (3-6%) associated complex lesions, ie., truncus arteriosus, endocardial cushion defect



Coarctation of aorta – 8% Persistent left SVC Juxtaposition of atrial appendages-50% of TA with TGA. Right aortic arch Abnormalities of mitral apparatus- cleft in AML,malattachment of the valve,direct attachment of the mitral leaflets to papillary muscles.

Obligatory rt to left shunt at atrial level. LA receives both the entire systemic and pulmonary venous return. The entire mixture flows into the LV which is the sole pumping chamber for the pulmonary and systemic circulation.

26 When the great arteries are normally related,pulm artery blood flow is usually reduced as the restrictive VSD, is a zone of subpulmonic stenosis. LV overload is curtailed but at the cost of cyanosis. This is so in 90% of cases.

27 In TGA The VSD is almost always non-restrictive and pulmonary stenosis is usually absent. Low PVR results in abundant pulmonary arterial blood flow. Minimal cyanosis,marked LV volume overload. If these pts have a restrictive vsd,or infundibular narrowing→diminished syst circulation→metabolic acidosis and shock.

28 SEX PREDILECTION Tr. Atresia with normally related great arteries have an equal frequency in males and females. If TGA is present→male preponderance. No male preponderance with juxtaposition of atrial appendages.

29 GENETICS Although specific genetic causes of the malformation remain to be determined in humans, the FOG2 gene may be involved in the process. This has however been validated only in animal studies. Familial recurrence is low , and recurrence in siblings is only about 1%.

1 year- 72%. 5 years- 52%. 10 years- 46%

31 NATURAL HISTORY Few infants with tr. Atresia and normally related gr . Arteries with an intact ventricular septum survive beyond 6 months of age without surgical palliation. Intense hypoxia and death ensue unless the ductus is patent, or adequate systemic to PA collaterals are present , either of which are unlikely.

The VSD in such patients closes spontaneously or is excessively obstructive, so that majority of patients die by one year. Rarely, a favorable balance is achieved b/w the presence of VSD and pulm . Blood flow , permitting survival from 2nd to 5th decades.

Pts with TA , normally related great arteries and large VSD do not fare well Excessive pulmonary arterial flow results in vol. overload of LV and CCF. Pts have lived to ages 4 to 6 years. In exceptional cases, long survivals have been reported between ages 32 and 45 yrs.

34 TR. ATRESIA WITH TGA Same poor longevity patterns hold when TA occurs with complete transposition and large VSD. TA with TGA with subaortic stenosis( restrictive VSD) is an ominous combination. Exceptional survivals to mid-late teens have been recorder. problems related to increased longevity-I.E,brain abscess, paradoxical embolism

35 Physical examination- appearance
Dysmorphic facies-occasionally “cat-eye” syndrome or congenital coloboma may be seen.

36 JVP Increase in the A wave amplitude , due to the restrictive interatrial communication. Y descent is slow In LVF, A and V waves increase in amplitude.

37 Precordium LV impulse without a RV impulse in a cyanotic patient.
A gentle RV impulse in pt with TA ,complete transposition and a well dev RV . Palpable thrill if VSD is restrictive.

38 AUSCULTATION First heart sound is single .
Second usually single, but a soft delayed pulmonic component is occasionally present. TA with normally related great arteries, prominent systolic murmur originates at the site of restrictive VSD – holosystolic, maximal at the mid to lower left sternal edge.

39 TA with complete transposition and increased pulmonary blood flow
Holosystolic murmur – across VSD S2 – single but always loud S3 MDM 4th heart sounds are rare in any of the varieties of tricuspid atresia.

40 Pulmonary vascular resistance – high
VSD murmur vanishes Soft midsystolic murmur- anterior aortic root Rarely, the loud second component from the dilated hypertensive posterior pulmonary trunk is heard.

41 TA with complete transposition, coexisting pulmonic or subpulmonic stenosis – midsystolic murmur – loudness and length vary inversely with degree of obstruction

42 ECG Tall peaked right atrial P waves are usually seen
Biatrial P – if left atrial volume is↑ due to ↑PBF. PR interval- normal. QRS axis – left and superior ( type 1 pts) Absence of RV forces in precordial leads


Pulmonary vascularity reduced. Pulmonary artery segment – inconspicuous. Heart size – normal. Right cardiac border, esp in LAO projection – superior convexity caused by enlargement of RA and its appendage.

45 Inferior border – flat or receding owing to absence of RV.
LAO – Humped appearance of right cardiac border and a prominent left cardiac silhouette


47 TA with complete transposition and no obstruction
Lungs – plethoric LV, LA, RA – enlarged Right cardiac border seldom has distinctive hump-shaped contour – RV is relatively well developed

48 Tr. Atresia with TGA

49 TA with complete transposition and PS
Pulmonary blood flow is normal or reduced Ascending aorta and pulmonary trunk are not border forming (narrow vascular pedicle)

50 ECHOCARDIOGRAM Presence of an imperforate linear echo density in the location of normal TV Presence of two great arteries and semilunar valves

51 Confirm the presence and size of the interatrial communication.
Confirm the presence of a VSD.


Limited role at present. Therapeutic role for balloon atrial septostomy. Prior to a Fontan for determining pulm.vascular resistance.

54 HEMODYNAMIC DATA In infants, the right atrial pressure is slightly higher than the left atrial pressure. prominent ‘a ‘wave in the right atrium, especially if the interatrial communication is restrictive. LV systolic and EDP – normal. LVEDP may increase in patients with large VSD’s as PVR drops and left heart volume overload , ensues.

PGE1, should be started in neonates with severe cyanosis to maintain patency of the ductus before cardiac catheterization or planned surgery Balloon atrial septostomy may be carried out as part of the initial catheterization to improve the RA-LA shunt.

56 SURGICAL CARE Surgical management may be broadly grouped into palliative and corrective therapy.

decreased pulmonary flow increased pulmonary flow intracardiac obstruction.

58 FOR ↓ PBF. Pulmonary blood flow may be increased by surgical creation of an aortopulmonary shunt. subclavian artery to ipsilateral pulmonary artery anastomosis by Blalock and Taussig in 1945 Potts shunt (descending aorta–to–left pulmonary artery anastomosis), Waterston-Cooley shunt (ascending aorta–to–right pulmonary artery anastomosis

59 central aortopulmonary fenestration or Gore-Tex shunt,
modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (Gore-Tex interposition graft between the subclavian artery and the ipsilateral pulmonary artery), Glenn shunt (superior vena cava–to–right pulmonary artery anastomosis, end-to-end),

60 ↑ PBF In patients with tricuspid atresia type II , pulmonary artery banding should be performed following stabilization with anticongestive measures.

61 CORRECTIVE SURGERY Fontan and Kreutzer- initial description of the physiologically corrective operation for tricuspid atresia Complete separation of the systemic and pulmonary circuits

62 CHOUSSAT CRITERIA Age at operation – 4 and 15 yrs( not strictly followed nowadays) Normal sinus rhythm Normal systemic venous connections Normal right atrial size Normal pulmonary arterial mean pressure ( mean >= 15 mm Hg)

63 Low pulmonary vasc resistance (4 woods units/m2)
Adequate sized pulm. Arteries with diameter > 75% of aortic diameter. Normal LVEF (>60%)( rel. contraindication) Absence of MR( relative contraindication) Absence of complicating factors from prev ious surgeries


EARLY COMPLICATIONS OF FONTAN Low cardiac output,heart failure or both . Persistent pleural effusion. Thrombus formation in the systemic venous pathways. Liver dysfunction Hepatomegaly and ascites. Supraventricular arrythmias. Progressive decrease in oxygen saturation( obstn. of venous pathways, leakage in intra- atrial baffle, dev of pulm av fistula.). Protein losing enteropathy


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