What is Tetralogy of Fallot?
How is Tetralogy of Fallot treated?
What are the signs and symptoms of Tetralogy of Fallot?
Diagnosing Tetralogy of Fallot
Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart condition that involves the incorrect formation
of the septum between the right and left ventricles. This condition results in mixing
of oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood across the ventricular septal defect inside
the heart. This causes an overall decrease in the amount of oxygen in the blood.
The four functional heart problems that make up a tetralogy of Fallot are:
Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart defect, meaning children are born with
it. The cause of the condition is not known. In some situations, it may be associated
with certain genetic syndromes, like Di George syndrome.
Children usually show symptoms of the condition and are diagnosed shortly after
birth. With treatment, kids with tetralogy of Fallot can lead normal, healthy lives.
However, if your child has tetralogy of Fallot, he or she will need follow-up care
to monitor any changes in the heart.
Surgery is the only definitive treatment for children with tetralogy of Fallot. Your doctors will likely schedule your
child's surgery by the time he or she turns one year old.
During the surgery, a pediatric cardiac surgeon will fix the hole between the ventricles
(the ventricular septal defect) using a patch. The surgeon will also widen the pulmonary
artery and fix any problems with the pulmonary valve. This repair will help more
blood reach the lungs. The entire procedure is known as intra-cardiac repair.
If your child is too ill or too small for intra-cardiac repair, surgeons will create
a temporary solution called a shunt. This is a bypass from the aorta to the pulmonary
artery, which will increase blood flow to the lungs until your child is big enough
for the final procedure.
Children with this heart condition often have a blue tint to their skin, lips and
fingernails. This is called cyanosis and means that not enough oxygen-rich blood is
reaching the child's body.
Sometimes, a baby only shows signs of cyanosis after crying or feeding. These episodes
are called "Tet spells."
Other symptoms of tetralogy of Fallot are:
If your child is having any of these symptoms, especially cyanosis, contact us immediately.
If us suspects your child has a congenital heart defect, he or she will want to
do more tests to examine the heart. These tests will help your cardiologist identify
the problem affecting your child and create a treatment plan.
Tests that help cardiologists diagnose tetralogy of Fallot are:
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Reprinted with permission from Children's Hospital Colorado 2012, All rights reserved.
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