In what situation can two great arteries arise from a single cardiac chamber?
If there is only one lower chamber (ventricle), it is called univentricular heart or simply single ventricle. Both arteries (aorta and pulmonary artery) arise from this single chamber.
But sometimes both arteries can arise from right ventricle and blood from left ventricle can reach right ventricle through a septal defect. Then it is called double outlet right ventricle (DORV). In this situation there are two ventricles (lower chambers), while in the former situation there is only one ventricle. Similarly then can be a double outlet left ventricle also. All these are rare congenital abnormalities of the heart.
If both arteries arises from the left ventricle, it is called double outlet left ventricle (DOLV).
All these are complex congenital heart diseases and may be associated with other birth defects of the heart.