Fallot’s tetralogy

Congenital heart condition consisting of an opening in the septum between the left and right ventricles, abnormal placing of the aorta, constriction of the first section of the pulmonary artery and thickening of the wall of the right ventricle. Its most important effect is that too little blood reaches the lungs, The only adequate treatment is corrective surgery before the age of 5 to close the septal opening and ease the stricture in the pulmonary artery. In babies with serious cyanosis it is usual to establish a temporary connection between the aorta and the pulmonary artery shortly after birth. Definitive correction can be made later.

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