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Ebstein anomaly or Ebstein malformation is a rare congenital (present at birth) heart defect that affects the tricuspid valve. The flaps of the valve can be abnormal in size, shape or position, causing the valve to be displaced downward. The result is a bad valve that can cause issues with the right atrium and right ventricle. An Ebstein anomaly surgical repair depends on how severe the tricuspid valve defect is and whether the child has other congenital heart conditions.
Medication may be all that’s needed to control a mild Ebstein anomaly. Children whose anomaly is severe may need surgery to repair the valve.
The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, have the experience, skills and training to know which medication may alleviate Ebstein anomaly and when more needs to be done.
Norton Children’s Heart Institute is the leading provider of pediatric heart care in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
Norton Children’s Heart Institute has a network of remote diagnostic and treatment services in Kentucky and Southern Indiana..
Children with a mild anomaly may be able to use medication alone to control symptoms, including:
Your child’s cardiologist may use radiofrequency catheter ablation to treat your child’s heart rhythm and heartbeat issues that medicines cannot control.
Surgical options to repair the tricuspid valve and other defects associated with Ebstein anomaly include: