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TETRALOGY OF FALLOT
Tetralogy of Fallot is a rare congenital heart condition that is characterized by four heart defects that defect the structure of the heart and cause poor flow of oxygen out of the heart and the rest of the body. Children and babies with this condition have blue tinged skin as their blood doesn't carry enough oxygen. Apart from that, these children have shortness of breath especially during feeding and when doing any physical activity.
HOW IS TETRALOGY OF FALLOT DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done right after birth by checking the baby's skin colour and doing an X-ray, Electrocardiogram and Echocardiography.
HOW IS TETRALOGY OF FALLOT TREATED?
Tetralogy of Fallot can be treated by surgery soon after the baby is born. During surgery, doctors widen or replace the pulmonary valve and enlarge the passage to the pulmonary artery. They also will place a patch over the ventricular septal defect to close the hole between the two lower chambers of the heart. These actions will improve blood flow to the lungs and the rest of the body.
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.