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Transposition of the great vessels (TGV) is a group of congenital heart defects involving an abnormal spatial arrangement of any of the great vessels: superior and/or inferior venae cavae, pulmonary artery, pulmonary veins, and aorta. Congenital heart diseases involving only the primary arteries (pulmonary artery and aorta) belong to a sub-group called transposition of the great arteries. All infants with transposition of the great arteries need surgery to correct the defect. The medication prostaglandin E1 (alprostadil) helps keep the connection between the aorta and pulmonary artery open (ductus arteriosus), increasing blood flow and improving mixing of oxygen-poor and oxygen-rich blood until surgery can be performed.
Further research is being conducted to determine the best surveillance interval to monitor the disease. Heparin-Bonded Central Venous Catheters Do Not Reduce Thrombosis in Infants With Congenital Heart Disease: A Blinded Randomized, Controlled Trial CHDs affect nearly 285,338?births per year in the Belgium.