Ventricular inversion and tricuspid atresia (VITA complex): Long survival without surgical treatment

Henry D. Tazelaar, G. William Moore, Grover M. Hutchins

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Five patients with ventricular inversion, corrected transposition of the great arteries, and atresia of the left-sided atrioventricular (tricuspid) valve have been observed. Three patients died in infancy, two had large interatrial communications, one with an early stage of arterial-type hypertensive pulmonary vascular disease, and the third patient had a very small interatrial communication and severe cyanosis. The other two patients survived into adulthood; both had small interatrial communications, and one had severe venous-type hypertensive pulmonary vascular disease. The longer survival of the two patients is attributed to a balance between resistance and blood flow in the pulmonary circulation influenced by the size of the interatrial communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-191
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Cardiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1986


  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Ventricular inversion
  • Vita complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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