What is the role of radiography in the workup of 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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The chest x-ray may be normal, or it may show cardiomegaly and prominent right ventricular (RV) shadowing. Although the hallmark of tetralogy of Fallot in infants is the classic boot-shaped heart (coeur en sabot) (see the following image), in which diminished vascularity in the lungs and diminished prominence of the pulmonary arteries become apparent, this classic shape of the heart is not always seen in adults with tetralogy of Fallot.

An uplifted apex and absence of pulmonary artery s An uplifted apex and absence of pulmonary artery segment typifies the "coeur en sabot" (ie, boot-shaped heart) of tetralogy of Fallot.

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