Transposition of the Great Arteries
Signs and Symptoms
A baby with transposed arteries is blue, or cyanotic, shortly after birth. The blueness doesn't go away even if the baby is given extra oxygen. For a baby with transposed arteries to survive, blood flow between the right and left sides of the heart must be increased. These infants rarely survive without surgical intervention so it is extremely rare for a person to grow to adulthood without treatment.
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