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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. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatrics - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not at all
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.

In brief: Not at all
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.
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
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.

In brief: No
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.
Dr. William Scott
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: Not Certain
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.

In brief: Not Certain
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.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Many causes
She needs to be seen by her pediatrician as soon as possible.

In brief: Many causes
She needs to be seen by her pediatrician as soon as possible.
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Dr. Shoaib Shafique
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