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It's a narrowing of the pulmonary artery.
Pulmonary arteries are the vessels that take unoxygenated “blue” blood from the heart to the lungs to become oxygenated.
Having small or narrow pulmonary arteries causes the right heart to work harder. This can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, breathing problems, and a fast heart rate.
Without treatment, pulmonary artery stenosis can cause right heart failure.
To refer a patient, doctors can:
Pulmonary artery stenosis occurs in many congenital heart defects, such as:
It can also occur with some genetic disorders, such as:
Cases where the narrowing is closest to the MPA will need open-heart surgery.
In the Heart Cath Lab at UPMC Children's Hospital, we use balloon dilation to treat the small vessels that enter into lungs.
During this minimally invasive treatment for pulmonary artery stenosis, your doctor will:
Some people may need a stent to keep the vessel open if balloon dilation alone doesn't work. You'll need to take blood thinners for a while after receiving a stent.
After balloon dilation or stenting, you'll stay overnight in the hospital so we can observe you.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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