What is the survival rate 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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In the present day, some patients with tetralogy of Fallot survive for longer than 15-20 years after their first operation. The major problem encountered by these individuals is the development of pulmonary valvular regurgitation. It appears that a number of these individuals require pulmonary valve replacement. [38] Most individuals receive a pericardial homograft, and only time will tell how long these valves will last. However, the last decade has seen great advances in percutaneous technology and tissue engineering, and perhaps the role of surgery may decline. [39]


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