Persistent truncus arteriosus

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Persistent Truncus Arteriosus
Truncus arteriosus.jpg
Illustration of truncus arteriosus
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 Q20.0
ICD-9 745.0
OMIM 217095
DiseasesDB 32081
MedlinePlus 001111
eMedicine ped/2316

Persistent truncus arteriosus (or patent truncus arteriosus), also known as Common arterial trunk, is a rare form of congenital heart disease that presents at birth. In this condition, the embryological structure known as the truncus arteriosus fails to properly divide into the pulmonary trunk and aorta. This results in one arterial trunk arising from the heart and providing mixed blood to the coronary arteries, pulmonary arteries, and systemic circulation.[1]


The most well-known classification was the fourfold system developed by Collett and Edwards in 1949.[2] Collett/Edwards Types I, II, and III are distinguished by the branching pattern of the pulmonary arteries:[3][4]

  • Type I: truncus -> one pulmonary artery -> two lateral pulmonary arteries
  • Type II: truncus -> two posterior/posterolateral pulmonary arteries
  • Type III: truncus -> two lateral pulmonary arteries

The "Type IV" proposed in 1949 is no longer considered a form of PTA by most modern sources.[4]

Another well-known classification was defined by Van Praaghs in 1965.[4][5]


Most of the time, this defect occurs spontaneously. Genetic disorders, and teratogens (viruses, metabolic imbalance, and industrial or pharmacological agents) have been associated as possible causes. Up to 50% (varies in studies) of cases are associated with chromosome 22q11 deletions (DiGeorge Syndrome). The neural crest, specifically a population known as the cardiac neural crest, directly contributes to the aorticopulmonary septum.[6][7]

Microablation of the cardiac neural crest in developing chick embryos and genetic anomalies affecting this population of cells in rodents results in persistent truncus arteriosus.[8][9][10]

Numerous perturbations affecting the cardiac neural crest have been associated with persistent truncus arteriosus, some of which include growth factors (fibroblast growth factor 8 and bone morphogenetic protein), transcription factors (T-box, Pax, Nkx2-5, GATA-6, and Forkhead), and gap junction proteins (Connexin). The cardiac neural crest also contributes the smooth muscle of the great arteries.

Anatomical changes[edit]


Anatomical changes associated with this disorder includes:

Clinical manifestations[edit]


Treatment is with neonatal surgical repair.[11] The ventricular septal defect is closed with a patch. The pulmonary arteries are then detached from the common artery (truncus arteriosus) and connected to the right ventricle using a tube (a conduit or tunnel). There have been cases where the condition has been diagnosed at birth and surgical intervention is an option. A number of these cases have survived well into adulthood. [12]


Truncus arteriosus is a rare cardiac abnormality that has a prevalence of less than 1%.[1][13]

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See also[edit]


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  5. ^ Van Praagh R, Van Praagh S (1965). "The anatomy of common aorticopulmonary trunk (truncus arteriosus communis) and its embryologic implications. A study of 57 necropsy cases". Am. J. Cardiol. 16 (3): 406–25. doi:10.1016/0002-9149(65)90732-0. PMID 5828135. 
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  7. ^ Jiang X, Rowitch DH, Soriano P, McMahon AP, Sucov HM.. (2000). "Fate of the mammalian cardiac neural crest...". Development (Cambridge, England) 127 (8): 1607–16. PMID 10725237. 
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  9. ^ Waller BR 3rd, McQuinn T, Phelps AL, Markwald RR, Lo CW, Thompson RP, Wessels A. (2000). "Conotruncal anomalies in the trisomy 16 mouse: an immunohistochemical analysis with emphasis on the involvement of the neural crest.". Anat. Rec. 260 (3): 279–93. doi:10.1002/1097-0185(20001101)260:3<279::AID-AR65>3.0.CO;2-2. PMID 11066038. 
  10. ^ Franz T. (1989). "Persistent truncus arteriosus in the Splotch mutant mouse.". Anat. Embryol. (Berlin). 180 (5): 457–64. doi:10.1007/BF00305120. PMID 2619088. 
  11. ^ Rodefeld M, Hanley F (2002). "Neonatal truncus arteriosus repair: surgical techniques and clinical management.". Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu 5 (1): 212–7. doi:10.1053/pcsu.2002.31497. PMID 11994881. 
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  13. ^ Parker, SE; Mai, CT; Canfield, MA; Rickard, R; Wang, Y; Meyer, RE; Anderson, P; Mason, CA; Collins, JS; Kirby, RS; Correa, A; National Birth Defects Prevention, Network (Dec 2010). "Updated National Birth Prevalence estimates for selected birth defects in the United States, 2004-2006.". Birth defects research. Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology 88 (12): 1008–16. doi:10.1002/bdra.20735. PMID 20878909. 

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