How Do I Know If My Kid Has Tetralogy of Fallot?

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10 yr old boy, now can be observed with abnormal shape of the fingertips and blue tint on his skin and nails, and abnormal lips as well.

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Hey, sorry to hear that. In my experience, your kid is very likely to have developed this disease. But anything is possible. You'd better go to the hospital and check it out with the doctor. Good luck!
What kind of tests are involved to get oneself diagnosed?
To get the patient diagnosed, possible tests are suggested as follows:

1. Pulse oximetry
2. Electrocardiogram (ECG)
3. Echocardiogram (aka. "echo" or ultrasound)
4. Chest X-ray
5. Cardiac MRI
6. Cardiac catheterization
How about his heart beat? Is there anything wrong with his heart?
Yes, I forgot to mention that part. His heart beat is strange as the doctor listens to it.
If you suspect that your kid might have developed this disease, you can refer to the following info. But for a precise analysis, you're supposed to go to the hospital and go through a thorough test.

The symptoms of tetralogy of Fallot include:

1. Cyanosis: Blue or purple tint on the lips, skin and nails.
2. Heart murmur: The heart sounds abnormal when a listened with a stethoscope.
3. Clubbing: Abnormal shape of the fingertips (in older children).
4. Lips and skin becomes bluer, and the child will become fussy or irritable and then sleepy or unresponsive when oxygen levels drop.
My 7 yr old daughter was recently diagnosed with this horrible disease, does she really have to go through a surgery? She's such a little girl that I'm quite afraid if there's any side effects of any surgeried applied.
Yes, it's a pity but surgery is required to repair tetralogy of Fallot. Typically, in the first few months, the doctor will perform open heart surgery to patch the hole (VSD) and widen the pulmonary valve or artery. In some cases, doctors will perform a temporary repair until a complete repair can be done, all depending on the unique needs of the patient.
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