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What diseases often lead to heart transplants in children?

Pooja Desai, MD
Pediatric Cardiology
Certain forms of heart muscle disease, such as cardiomyopathy, can cause the heart to fail over time, requiring a heart transplant. Cardiomyopathy is one of the main conditions that require heart transplants in children and teenagers.
 
Certain complex congenial heart defects in which babies are missing a pumping chamber and/or valves in the heart, who do not do well even after repeated open-heart surgeries, will require a heart transplant.
Emile A. Bacha, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
II's rare for a child to need a heart transplant, but it happens. In this video, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Emile Bacha discusses conditions that could cause a child to need a heart transplant.

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