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It’s natural for you to be concerned right now about your child’s health—a diagnosis of tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia can be overwhelming. But you may rest assured that at Children’s Hospital Boston, your child is in expert hands. What follows is a brief description of the condition. Your child’s doctors will give you even more thorough information in person.
What is tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia?
Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia means that five associated heart abnormalities occur:
The pulmonary arteries are highly variable from child to child. In some children, they’re essentially normal, except for the fact that they are connected to the aorta (usually by a ductus arteriosus) rather than to the right ventricle.
In the majority of children, there are multiple arteries that arise from the aorta or its branches, and that go to the lungs (the multiple aortopulmonary collateral arteries, or “MAPCAs,” mentioned above). Many patients with MAPCAs also have something like a normal pulmonary artery, although it’s much smaller than normal and often goes to only some, rather than all, parts of the lung.
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