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Tetralogy of Fallot Treatment

Tetralogy of fallot often refers to a rare heart condition that is often caused due to four different kinds of heart defects. These defects are often present at the time of birth. They may however affect the heart’s structure and may lead to blood low in oxygen to flow out of the heart. In some cases, children with this condition may have a blue tinged skin due to the low amount of oxygen in the blood. Tetralogy of fallot may often cause questions regarding the treatment, complications, causes and even the symptoms. Read below where some important questions regarding tetralogy of fallot treatment has been answered by Experts.

Among all the defects that are found in tetralogy of fallot, which is the defect that may be the most threatening to a child’s life?

The defect that may be most threatening to a child’s life in tetralogy of fallot may be pulmonary stenosis. This condition often leads to the severe narrowing of the tube that carries blood between the child’s heart and the lungs. The valve that controls the flow of the blood may also get affected if the stenosis is close to the origin of the artery. Hence, if the narrowing is close to the valve, then any attempt to broaden the tube may have an effect on the wall. In some cases, the valve may also have to be replaced.

Why does tetralogy of fallot lead to a decrease in the pulmonary blood flow?

Tetralogy of fallot often causes the pulmonary blood flow to be decreased because the deoxygenated blood becomes shunted from the right to the left side of the heart through VSD (ventricular septal defect) because of the pulmonary stenosis.

Does having a boot shaped heart mean that the individual has tetralogy of fallot?

Having a boot shaped heart may not always mean that an individual is suffering from tetralogy of fallot. This may especially be true if the individual does not show any form of symptoms of this condition.

Would it be safe for a woman with tetralogy of fallot t to get pregnant?

In some situations, women with tetralogy of fallot may have normal pregnancies. The condition may contain between 4% and 20% of mortality rates in the mother. However, if the condition was repaired at a young age, then the pregnancy may not be affected and the mother may be safe. Both the mother and the baby may have to be monitored closely. In some cases, the woman may show symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue and maybe water retention.

For how long can a baby with tetralogy of fallot survive?

In some cases, a baby with tetralogy of fallot may often require surgery in the first year of his/her life in order to correct the defect of the heart. However, some babies may often survive and live to be adults because of all the advances in technology that have made it that much more easily to treat the condition.

For how long can an individual who has undergone surgery to treat tetralogy of fallot live?

Most of the times an individual who has tetralogy of fallot may have to undergo the surgery due to other factors as well. However, most people who undergo the surgery may have a normal life span.

An individual had undergone a surgery to treat tetralogy of fallot. Would he/she face any kind of complications if he/she had to undergo another heart surgery?

There may be a very low chance of any kind of complications with a second heart surgery if an individual had undergone surgery to treat tetralogy of fallot long ago. A lot of different factors like the kind of repair that was done and the procedure that was used may have to be taken into consideration. If the individual’s follow up EECHO does not show any kind of problems, then there may not be any serious problems caused by the second surgery.

Tetralogy of fallot is a very rare condition and it can be very frightening for you if your child is said to have this condition. The best way to deal with this situation would be to know more about how your child’s heart functions and how it is affected. You may have many questions about the condition, its symptoms and treatment. You may ask an Expert if you have any doubts or need more information about tetralogy of fallot.

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