A member asked:

If my 2yo daughter's hands and feet sometimes get purple, does this mean she has an asd or vsd?

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Dr. William Scott answered

Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology

Intermittent color changes in the hands and feet are not caused by heart defects. They are due to local changes in blood flow and are rarely a significant problem.

Answered Apr 18, 2020

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Dr. Shoaib Shafique answered

Specializes in Vascular Surgery

She needs to be seen by her pediatrician as soon as possible.

Answered Apr 7, 2013

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala answered

Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology

The hands and feet of children turn blue/purple for many reasons. Though and ASD or vsd could be a reason, those are rather unlikely to present with purple hands or feet.

Answered Jun 10, 2014

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Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez answered

Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology

Central cyanosis (blue all over) makes us worry about problems oxygenating the blood & could represent a lung problem or a shunt (extra connection) in the heart that might let blood cross from right to left & avoid the lungs. Peripheral cyanosis (blue hands, feet, lips, etc.) merely reflects sluggish blood flow through these peripheral capillaries. Very common in cold children, & not dangerous.

Answered Nov 25, 2016

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