What is the role of surgery in the treatment of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) in infants?

Updated: Nov 13, 2018
  • Author: Shabir Bhimji, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Yasmine S Ali, MD, FACC, FACP, MSCI  more...
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The first surgery to repair tetralogy of Fallot consisted of placement of a shunt to relieve the cyanosis. Primary repair is currently recommended within the first 12 months of life; in general, excellent results are obtained at most centers. Ever since primary repair of tetralogy of Fallot became the standard of care nearly 30 years ago, more adult patients with repaired tetralogy of fallot in early childhood are living longer, [1, 2]  and they are being seen at many cardiac clinics. Some patients who never underwent surgery for mild tetralogy during childhood may present as adults with a variety of symptoms, and other patients who may only have had a palliative procedure (eg, shunt placement) can also present as adults. [3]


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