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PAEDIATRICS Contents: Cardiology

Cyanotic defects o Tetralogy of Fallot o Transposition of the great arteries o Tricuspid atresia o Hypoplastic left heart syndrome o Persistent truncus arteriosus o Total anomalous pulmonary venous return o Pulmonary atresia o Ebstein's anomaly Respiratory


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CARDIOLOGY CYANOTIC DEFECTS Only right to left shunts cause cyanosis. The cyanotic defects in children are:

Tetralogy of Fallot

Transposition of the great arteries

Tricuspid atresia

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome

Persistent truncus arteriosus

Total anomalous pulmonary venous return

Pulmonary atresia

Ebstein's anomaly It is important to understand the fetal anatomy to have a good understanding of these conditions. Be aware of signs of decompensation:

Poor feeding Dyspnoea Hepatomegaly Engorged neck veins Tachycardia or bradycardia Weak pulse Acidosis Pulmonary venous congestion

1. Tetralogy of Fallot Summary Points

Tetralogy of Fallot is the presence of a ventricular septal defect, right ventricular hypertrophy, right ventricular outflow obstruction and an overriding aorta

Patients are cyanosed, are classically dyspnoeic after prolonged crying, and failure to thrive

It is confirmed by examination, ECG and ECHO

It is managed surgically, usually with a Blalock-Taussig shunt Aetiology and Pathophysiology There are four abnormalities:

Ventricular septal defect - usually large and just below the aortic valve

Right ventricular hypertrophy

Right ventricular outflow obstruction (usually pulmonary stenosis)

Overriding aorta (lying over VSD) This causes mixing of blood, poor blood flow to lungs, poor blood flow to body and inadequate pumping of blood resulting in cyanosis.

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