Tetralogy of Fallot: Symptoms & Signs Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

  • Clubbing of fingers (skin or bone enlargement around the fingernails)
  • Cyanosis, which becomes more pronounced when the baby is upset
  • Difficult feeding (poor feeding habits)
  • Failure to gain weight
  • Passing out
  • Poor development
  • Squatting during episodes of cyanosis

Diagnosis & Tests

A physical examination with a stethoscope almost always reveals a heart murmur.

Tests may include:

  • Chest x-ray
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • MRI of the heart (generally after surgery)

Pictures & Images

Heart, section through the middle


Review Date : 12/21/2009
Reviewed By : Kurt R. Schumacher, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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