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Dr. Steven Neish
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Tetralogy Of Fallot (Overview)

A heart defect that features four problems. A hole between the lower chambers of the heart An obstruction from the heart to the lungs The aorta (blood vessel) lies over the hole in the lower chambers The muscle surrounding the lower right chamber becomes overly thickened


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Is getting a tetralogy of fallot hereditary?

Is getting a tetralogy of fallot hereditary?

Sometimes: Microdeletion of chromosome 22q11 (digeorge syndrome) is a genetic abnormality that has been linked to tof and other forms of congenital heart defects. It also can occur with down syndrome (trisomy 21), and in patients with no identified genetic abnormality. Heart defects occur in 0.8% of babies, but in 3-5% of those with 1st degree relatives with heart defects. There is a genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Neish
288 doctors shared insights

Tetralogy Of Fallot (Overview)

A heart defect that features four problems. A hole between the lower chambers of the heart An obstruction from the heart to the lungs The aorta (blood vessel) lies over the hole in the lower chambers The muscle surrounding the lower right chamber becomes overly thickened


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What are the visible symptoms of tetralogy of fallot?

TETRALOGY OF FALLOT: Symptoms include cyanosis, dyspnea, poor feeding, poor growth, and the tet spell which is sudden severe episode of severe cyanosis with dyspnea. ...Read more

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Why we can't put tetralogy of fallot as a differential diagnosis for infantile respiratory distress syndrome?

Why we can't put tetralogy of fallot as a differential diagnosis for infantile respiratory distress syndrome?

Medical Student??: If you are a healthcare student being asked to generate a differential diagnosis list for rds you could absolutely include ductal dependent congenital heart diseases. However tof may not be apparent until after the neonatal period unless there is profound outflow obstruction (like pulmonary atresia). ...Read more

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Tetralogy of fallot diagnosed in fetus? How accurate is scan?

Fairly accurate: In experienced centers, a fetal diagnosis of tetralogy of fallot should be reasonably accurate, although some of the specific anatomic details that may have an impact on the timing and type of surgical approach may not be readily apparent until after birth. ...Read more

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What are the tests for tetralogy of fallot?

Fallot: to diagnose, echocardiogram, but to follow patients with Fallot, there are several different cardiac tests that may be necessary ...Read more

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I have tetralogy of fallot and sleep apnea, my dr says its not a good idea to get pregnant but i want a second opinion what do you think?

I have tetralogy of fallot and sleep apnea, my dr says its not a good idea to get pregnant but i want a second opinion what do you think?

Internet won't do: The physicians of healthtap are ready to steer patients in the proper direction for care. However, your suitability for pregnancy is best assessed by a complete evaluation by your own or another similarly trained physician.If pregnancy might put you into heart failure or aggravate poor oxygenation issues, the process could weaken you & impair normal fetal development. ...Read more

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What causes a baby to get tetralogy of fallot?

What causes a baby to get tetralogy of fallot?

We don't know: In most cases tetralogy of fallot is thought to be "multifactorial", meaning that there are possibly genes, and also environmental factors which might increase a child's potential of having the defect. ...Read more

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What does aortic overriding mean with tetralogy of fallot?

What does aortic overriding mean with tetralogy of fallot?

Over a VSD: The aorta is normally attached to the left ventricle and carries oxygenated blood to the body. In tetralogy of fallot, the aorta arises over a ventricular septal defect (vsd, a hole between the left and right ventricles of the heart). This means that unoxygenated blood from the right ventricle also flows into the aorta. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for tetralogy of fallot?

What is the treatment for tetralogy of fallot?

TETRALOGY OF FALLOT : For older children, a knee- chest position or squating will help the tet spell. Surgery called the blalock-taussig shunt is usually done during the first year of life. ...Read more

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What are the possible treatments for desease tetralogy of fallot in newly born babies?

What are the possible treatments for desease tetralogy of fallot in newly born babies?

Open heart surgery: Tetralogy of fallot is a congenital heart defect where the outflow from the right side of the heart to the lungs is limited. It is the most common cyanotic (blue) heart defect. Some babies are blue at birth and require a surgically placed connection (shunt) but many newborns appear well. In either case, open heart surgery is required to correct the problem, and is usually done at 6-8 months. ...Read more

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Could tetralogy of fallot be genetic?

Could tetralogy of fallot be genetic?

Yes: Definitely, some cases of tetralogy of fallot have a genetic component. For instance, in 22q deletion syndromes (digeorge syndrome) one of the common heart diseases is tetralogy of fallot and variants of tetralogy of fallot. ...Read more

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My child has mild tetralogy of fallot, what meds should we avoid giving him until it's repaired?

If your son has : A tetrology of fallot, he should be followed closely by a pediatric cardiologist pre and post op. Speak first with your peds cardiologist about any medications you would consider using. ...Read more

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What is tetralogy of fallot?

TOF: Tetrology of Fallot is a congenital heart defect consisting of defect in the wall between the ventricles, stenosis of the pulmonary artery, enlargement of the right ventricle, and an abnormally placed aorta. It occurs in about 5 out of every 10,000 babies. The defect affects boys and girls equally. It is corrected with open heart surgeries. ...Read more

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What is a tetralogy of fallot?

TOF: A type of congenital (present at birth) heart disease that usually causes cyanosis (blue baby). It is characterized by a large hole in the heart (vsd) and obstruction of blood flow to the lungs (pulmonary stenosis). Babies born with tof require surgery during infancy. ...Read more

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Is tetralogy of fallot hereditary?

Depends on variables: Most cases of complex congenital heart disease happen in a sporadic manner. The general risk of a parent with a chd having a child in these sporadic forms is about 6%.This is not specific to the same defect but includes all defects.When it is part of an autosomal disorder or chromosome deletion syndrome, the risks are higher. ...Read more

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What happens with ?Tetralogy of fallot?

What happens with ?Tetralogy of fallot?

Heart surgery: This is a congenital heart defect knows at "tetralogy" because the initial description discussed four findings: 1) ventricular septal defect, 2) overriding aorta, 3) pulmonary stenosis, 4) right ventricular hypertrophy. The cause is abnormal conotruncal septation, giving too much to the outflow to the aorta and not enough to the outflow to the lungs. This defect always requires surgical repair. ...Read more

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Tell me about tetralogy of fallot here?

Congenital heart dis: This is a congenital heart defect knows at "tetralogy" because the initial description discussed four findings: 1) ventricular septal defect, 2) overriding aorta, 3) pulmonary stenosis, 4) right ventricular hypertrophy. The cause is abnormal conotruncal septation, giving too much to the outflow to the aorta and not enough to the outflow to the lungs. This defect always requires surgical repair. ...Read more

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What can be done for tetralogy of fallot?

Heart Surgery: Tof is a complex type of congenital heart disease characterized by a large hole in the heart (vsd) and obstruction of pulmonary blood flow (pulmonary stenosis). Babies with tof require heart surgery during infancy. The surgery involves closing the hole and establishing unobstructed pulmonary blood flow. Survival rates are very good. ...Read more

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