Tetralogy of Fallot is a condition in which a child is born with the following four different heart defects:
Tetralogy of Fallot is treated surgically. If surgery is done on a small baby, another surgery is sometimes needed later. Complete surgical repair of the condition is often done when a child is bigger and stronger, such as between ages 1 year and 5 years.
People who have had tetralogy of Fallot surgically repaired can usually do most normal activities. But competitive sports and strenuous exercise may need to be restricted. The person needs to be closely monitored by a doctor to detect and treat any problems right away.
Last Revised: October 11, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Larry A. Latson, MD - Pediatric Cardiology
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