Saturday, March 22 2003
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF): This type of defect is a combination of four types of heart birth defects which can lead to blood not getting enough oxygen from the lungs. A newborn suffering from TOF may have difficulty feeding and poor development. Affected babies also often have episodes of cyanosis (blue coloration of the skin). Surgery is usually needed during the early months of life to repair this birth defect. Sometimes multiple surgeries are required.