A 19-year-old female asked:
Can coarctation of aorta cause cyanosis? is cyanosis due to hypoxia?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Not in isolation: Coarctation only causes cyanosis when it is associated with other heart disease that allows blue blood to cross over to the red blood side. Cyanosis occurs in two situations: 1. When blue blood gets to the red blood side ("right-to-left shunting) or 2. When blood is not fully oxygenated in the lungs ("pulmonary venous desaturation").
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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