Heart Valve Disease
Unfortunately, some children are born with heart valves that do not control the flow of blood through the heart as they should. Called congenital heart valve defects, these conditions have to be treated so that the child has a chance at living a normal life. Heart valves in children can also become diseased, damaged, or weakened after they are born. The Contegra® pulmonary valved conduit is used to correct or reconstruct the path that blood takes to travel from the heart to the lungs.
Contegra pulmonary valve conduits provide and/or restore pulmonary valve function -- enabling blood to flow effectively from the right ventricle to the lungs. When and how a Contegra conduit is used will be determined by your child's surgeon relative to their specific condition.
The Contegra pulmonary valved conduit is an animal jugular vein that contains a valve with three leaflets that are similar to a human heart valve. It’s designed to allow blood to flow freely from the heart’s right ventricle into the pulmonary arteries which lead to the lungs.
The Contegra pulmonary valved conduit is approved for use in the United States as a Humanitarian Use Device.
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