HomeWhat's NewVideosArticlesDownloadsCalendarWeb LinksSite MapO.R. Schedule
USC - University of Southern California Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Department InformationPatient's GuideFaculty & StaffAreas of ExpertiseDiseases & TreatmentsContact Us

The Heart Institute

Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return

Heart with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, showing ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) and a coronary sinus with pulmonary veins draining.

In the normal heart, pulmonary veins carry oxygenated blood from the lungs to the left side of the heart (left atrium), which pumps the oxygenated blood to the body. In a heart with TAPVR, the pulmonary veins connect to the right atrium, where the oxygenated blood mixed with the un-oxygenated blood through a hole in between the left and right atria. The mixed blood does not provide enough oxygen for the entire body.

The surgical repair of anomalous pulmonary veins involves the redirection of the abnormal veins to the left atrium, usually by connecting them directly to the back wall of the atrium.


> Return to Neonatal Cardiothoracic Surgery

Share and Bookmark

Related Areas

Faculty and Staff | Patient's Guide | Areas of Expertise | Diseases & Treatments | Contact Us
Home | What's New | Videos | Articles | Downloads | Calendar | Web Links | Site Map

University of Southern California, 1520 San Pablo Street, HCC2 Suite 4300, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323.442.5849     Fax: 323.442.5956     E-mail: ctinfo@surgery.usc.edu
Copyright © USC Cardiothoracic Surgery