Deanna M. Neff, MPH
Pulmonary valve stenosis is when the pulmonary valve is thickened or can't open fully.
The heart pumps blood out of the right side of the heart, through the pulmonary valve, to the lungs. When this valve is not working properly it can decrease the amount of blood going to the lungs for oxygen or increase the work the heart muscle has to do to maintain it. Blood can also back up into the heart. The condition can be mild to severe.
Pulmonary stenosis is caused by abnormal development of the heart valve before birth. In most cases, it is not known exactly why it happens.
Factors that may increase the risk of pulmonary valve stenosis may include:
Symptoms may include:
Your doctor may also detect a
in your child during a physical exam.
These symptoms may be caused by other severe conditions. If your child has any of these, talk to the doctor right away.
The doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Your doctor may suspect a heart valve problems if there is a heart murmur. To confirm the diagnosis, an electrocardiogram
and images of the heart and its structures may be taken with:
If your child has mild pulmonary valve stenosis, immediate treatment may not be needed. Your doctor will monitor your child's condition to look for potential problems. Other treatment options include:
Your child may need surgery to prevent heart damage. Common types of heart valve surgery include:
There are several steps your child can take to avoid some of the complications of pulmonary valve stenosis:
Ways to prevent heart defects are not entirely clear and may not always be possible. However, good prenatal care may reduce your risk of having a child with a heart defect. During pregnancy:
American Family Physician
American Heart Association
Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
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Johns Hopkins University, Cove Point Foundation. Pulmonary stenosis. Johns Hopkins University, Cove Point Foundation website. Available at:
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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Pulmonary stenosis. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford website. Available at:
http://www.lpch.org/DiseaseHealthInfo/HealthLibrary/cardiac/ps.html. Accessed June 20, 2013.
Pulmonary stenosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated October 10, 2012. Accessed June 20, 2013.
Last reviewed December 2013 by Kari Kassir, MD
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