Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart defect that causes babies to have insufficient oxygen throughout their body.
Babies with the condition often have cyanosis, a bluish color to their skin due to the decreased oxygen levels in their bodies.
There are four distinct abnormalities associated with this defect:
The cause of the disorder is unknown.
The signs of tetralogy of Fallot include:
Your UT Southwestern Medical Center doctor may perform several tests to diagnose tetralogy of Fallot. Common diagnostic tests include:
Surgery is required for tetralogy of Fallot repair. Surgery can include ventricular septal defect closure, removal of muscle from the right ventricle, pulmonic valve repair, or pulmonary artery enlargement. Surgery can be done temporarily in small infants, and then complete repair can follow when the baby is older.
Your child's physical activity and exertion should be regulated. Your child should also make regular visits to the cardiologist to ensure proper circulation.
Learn more about tetralogy of Fallot and other heart services provided at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
To schedule an appointment with a tetrology of Fallot expert at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.