Rare Five Chamber Heart successfully Operated Upon at A J Hospital

Rare Five Chamber Heart successfully Operated at A J Hospital & Research Centre

Mangasluru: Pavana (name changed) from Ankola was a little two-year-old child who was having breathing difficulty while playing. She had frequent admissions to the hospital for respiratory infections. Unlike other children of her age, she was in the hospital for long durations. On taking her to A J Hospital, she was evaluated with a heart scan (Echo) by Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist Dr Prem Alva and diagnosed to have a very rare condition called cortriatriatum. This is a heart defect where there is an extra chamber and two large holes in the heart. She was taken up for open heart surgery by Dr Gourav Shetty, Consultant Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon. The child was successfully operated upon and discharged from the hospital within a week. Dr Gururaj Tantry, Chief Cardiac Anaesthetist played a crucial role in the anesthesia and ICU management of the little girl.


She is now doing well and playing with her friends at home. The surgery was done free of cost under the scheme.

For any further details / information about this case, you may please contact Dr Prem Alva at 9611125844 and Dr Gourav Shetty at 9448485279.

The “Children’s Heart Centre” at A J Hospital & Research Centre is a world-class facility specializing in providing comprehensive care for neonates, infants and children with all varieties of heart ailments and adults with simple and complex congenital heart defects.

The centre encompasses the specialties of Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Anaesthesia, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive care areas, supported by specially trained Pediatric Perfusionists, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, social workers and counselors.

The department is equipped with the latest equipment capable of performing all forms of echocardiography including 3D evaluation and transesophageal echocardiography in babies. Other non-invasive methods of evaluation such as CT/MRI are also available in-house. In addition, facilities for prenatal detection (Fetal echocardiography) of congenital heart defects are available along with management of high-risk pregnancies.


  1. What a great achievement at such an young age. We are proud of you Gourav, keep up the good work.
    Dr Naveen Chandra & Sharitha

  2. Yeomen service to great cause by Team “Children Heart Center” at AJ Hospital, Mangalore.
    Speedy Recovery for child and ‘Greater Successive Successes ‘ wished for Surgical Team !

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