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TETRALOGY OF FALLOT
Tetralogy of Fallot is a rare condition caused by a combination of four heart defects that are present at birth.These defects, which affect the structure of the heart, cause oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and to the rest of the body. Infants and children with tetralogy of Fallot usually have blue-tinged skin because their blood doesn't carry enough oxygen.Signs and symptoms may include
A bluish coloration of the skin caused by blood low in oxygen (cyanosis)
Shortness of breath and rapid breathing, especially during feeding or exercise
Loss of consciousness (fainting)
Clubbing of fingers and toes — an abnormal, rounded shape of the nail bed
Poor weight gain
Tiring easily during play or exercise
A heart murmur
HOW IS TETRALOGY OF FALLOT DIAGNOSED?
A Cardiologist diagnoses Tetralogy of Fallot will perform an Echocardiography, Electrocardiogram, Chest X-ray, and other laboratory tests.
HOW IS TETRALOGY OF FALLOT TREATED?
The only effective way to deal with Tetralogy of Fallot is surgery. The inter cardiac or open heart surgery helps in improving or healing this defect, thus allowing the flow of blood to the heart. In some cases temporary surgeries are done and complicated surgeries carried out once the child is older.
DID YOU KNOW?
Infants and children with Tetralogy of Fallot typically have blue-tinged skin because their blood doesn't carry enough oxygen.