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TETRALOGY OF FALLOT
Present right from birth, Tetralogy of Fallot is one of the rare diseases that happens in infants because of a combination of 4 birth defects. This affects the heart structure leading to trouble in flow of oxygen. As a result of this, the baby would have blue tinged skin due to lack of oxygen flow. They would also have feeding issues and trouble with breathing to.
HOW IS TETRALOGY OF FALLOT DIAGNOSED?
A physical exam with a stethoscope almost always reveals a heart murmur. Tests may include:
• Chest x-ray
• Complete blood count (CBC)
• Electrocardiogram (EKG)
• MRI of the heart (generally after surgery)
HOW IS TETRALOGY OF FALLOT TREATED?
Surgery is the only effective treatment for tetralogy of Fallot. Surgical options include intracardiac repair or a temporary procedure that uses a shunt. However, most babies and older children have intracardiac repair.
DID YOU KNOW?
Children whose condition is diagnosed early can have relatively normal life with surgical treatment. These children will however need regular medications, constant monitoring and some restrictions of the kind of physical activity they can perform.