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Tetralogy of Fallot

Tetralogy of Fallot is a combination of four heart defects that develop before birth. As a result of the changes to the structure of the heart, these defects lower the amount of oxygen in the blood.

The four heart defects that occur in cases of tetralogy of Fallot are:

  • Ventricular septal defects: A hole in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart (ventricles)
  • Pulmonary stenosis: Narrowing of the pulmonary artery and pulmonary valve
  • Overriding aorta: an enlarged aorta that sits directly on top of the ventricular septal defect
  • Ventricular hypertrophy: thickening of the muscle wall surrounding the lower right chamber of the heart (right ventricle)

In rare cases, these four heart defects may occur in combination with a hole between the upper chambers of the heart (atrial septal defects). In these cases, the condition is known as pentalogy of Fallot.

1) Ventricular septal defects, 2) pulmonary stenosis, 3) overriding aorta, 4) ventricular hypertrophy.

Children who are born with tetralogy of Fallot may exhibit blue colored skin due to low amounts of oxygen in the blood (cyanosis). In some cases, babies may rapidly develop blue skin, nails and lips after crying or feeding. These episodes are known as “Tet spells.” Other symptoms of tetralogy of Fallot can include shortness of breath, fainting, tiring, low weight gain, clubbed toes or fingers, extended crying, irritableness or heart murmur.

According to studies published by the New England Journal of Medicine, women who use the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy may be more likely to give birth to a child with tetralogy of Fallot or other heart defects. Zoloft lawyers have filed a number of lawsuits on behalf of families whose children were born with heart defects such as tetralogy of Fallot.

If you or a loved one took Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to a child with tetralogy of Fallot or other heart defects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.

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