How is acute cyanosis treated in patients with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)?

Updated: Nov 13, 2018
  • Author: Shabir Bhimji, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Yasmine S Ali, MD, FACC, FACP, MSCI  more...
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For adults with acute cyanosis, place them in a knee-chest position. In addition, provide/administer the following:

  • Oxygen

  • IV morphine

  • IV propranolol for severe cases [6]

Most symptomatic adults with tetralogy of Fallot require some type of surgical intervention. Pulmonary valve replacement is the most common procedure performed, usually under cardiopulmonary bypass.


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