TETRALOGY OF FALLOT
The four abnormalities shown on the right characterize this fairly common condition:
1. There is a ventricular septal defect.
2. There is narrowing of the valve leading to the pulmonary arteries (pulmonic stenosis)
3. The aorta "overrides" the ventricular septal defect.
4. There is thickening (hypertrophy) of the right ventricle.
There is decreased flow of blood to the lungs, as well as mixing of the blood from each side of the heart. Despite its seeming complexity, it is quite common and often can be completely repaired.
ęCOPY;1997 HeartPoint Updated November 1997
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