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Cyanosis is a bluish color in the skin, lips and nailbeds caused by a shortage of oxygen in the blood. Some of the defects or diseases that can cause a child to have cyanosis are:
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Cyanosis is a bluish color in the skin, lips and nailbeds caused by a shortage of oxygen in the blood.
Cyanosis occurs because blood changes color in the presence (or absence) of oxygen. Red blood has enough oxygen whereas blood with decreased oxygen turns blue or purple. Red blood flowing through capillaries in the skin produces a healthy red-pink color. Blue blood causes a blue-purple tint to the skin.
Cyanosis is usually caused by abnormalities of the heart, lungs or blood.
Some of the defects or diseases that can cause cyanosis are:
How is cyanosis treated?
Treatment of the underlying disease can restore proper color to the skin.
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