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What is the hallmark of right-to-left shunts versus left-to-right shunts?

RIGHT-TO-LEFT SHUNTS: Early cyanosis ("blue babies"); LEFT-TO-RIGHT SHUNTS: Late cyanosis ("blue kids")


What are 5 prime examples of right-to-left shunts?

(1) Tetralogy of Fallot (2) Transposition of great vessels (3) Persistent truncus arteriosus (4) Tricuspid atresia (5) Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR); Think: "5 T's: Tetralogy, Transposition, Truncus, Tricuspid, TAPVR"


What is the most common cause of early cyanosis?

Tetralogy of Fallot


What is a persistent truncus arteriosus? What other defect usually accompanies it?

Failure of truncus arteriosus to divide into pulmonary trunk and aorta; Most patients have accompanying VSD


What characterizes Tricuspid atresia? What is required for it to be viable?

Characterized by absence of tricuspid valve & hypoplastic RV; Requires both ASD and VSD for viability


What is TAPVR?

Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR) = pulmonary veins drain into right heart circulation (SVC, coronary sinus, etc.)


With what is TAPVR associated? What is the basis of this association?

Associated with ASD and sometimes PDA to allow for right-to-left shunting to maintain CO


What are prime examples of left-to-right shunts? Where applicable, list them in order of decreasing frequency.

VSD > ASD > PDA; Also Eisenmenger syndrome


What is the most common congenital cardiac anomaly?



What is an ASD? What are the heart sounds associated with it?

Defect in interatrial septum; Loud S1; wide, fixed S2


What drug is used to close a PDA?



What is Eisenmenger's syndrome? Include its etiology and progression.

Uncorrected VSD, ASD, or PDA causes compensatory pulmonary vascular hypertrophy, which results in progressive pulmonary hypertension. As pulmonary resistance increases, the shunt REVERSES from left-to-right TO RIGHT-TO-LaTE


What are the signs/symptoms associated with Eisenmenger's syndrome?

(1) Cyanosis (2) Clubbing (3) Polycythemia


What is the primary cause of Tetralogy of Fallot? What are its 4 classic features?

Anterosuperior displacement of the infundibular septum. (1) Pulmonary infundibular stenosis (2) Right ventricular hypertrophy (3) Overriding aorta (3) VSD


What is the most important determinant for prognosis of Tetralogy of Fallot?

Pulmonary infundibular stenosis


To which other classic feature of Tetralogy of Fallot does overriding aorta relate, and how?

Overriding aorta overrides the VSD


What are "tet spells"? What causes them?

Early cyanosis seen in Tetralogy of Fallot, caused by pulmonary stenosis forcing right-to-left flow across VSD


How does the VSD in Tetralogy of Fallot differ from isolated VSDs?

Isolated VSDs usually flow left to right (acyanotic). In tetralogy, pulmonary stenosis forces right-to-left (cyanotic) flow & causes RVH (on x-ray, boot-shaped heart)


What is seen on X-ray in Tetralogy of Fallot?

RVH --> boot-shaped heart


What have older Tetralogy of Fallot patients historically learned to do, and why?

Older patients historically learned to squat to relieve cyanotic symptoms; Squatting reduced blood flow to legs, increased systemic vascular resistance (SVR), and thus decreased the cyanotic right-to-left shunt across the VSD. Improves cyanosis.


What is the preferred treatment for Tetralogy of Fallot?

Early, primary surgical correction


What defines D-transposition of the great vessels?

Aorta leaves RV (anterior) and pulmonary trunk leaves LV (posterior) --> separation of systemic and pulmonary circulations.


What is important to know about the vitality of D-transposition of the great vessels?

Not compatible with life unless a shunt is present to allow adequate mixing of blood (e.g., VSD, PDA, or patent foramen ovale)


What causes D-transposition of the great vessels?

Due to failure of aorticopulmonary septum to spiral


What is the recommended intervention for D-transposition of the great vessels? What happens without this intervention?

Surgical correction; Without surgical correction, most infants die within first few months of life


What are the different types of coarctation of the aorta? Name and define them.

(1) Infantile type: aortic narrowing proximal to insertion of ductus arteriosus (preductal) (2) Adult type: aortic narrowing distal to ligamentum arteriosum (postductal); Think: "Infantile = In close to the heart, aDult = Distal to Ductus"


With what is the infantile type of coarctation of the aorta associated?

Associated with Turner syndrome


With what 3 effects is the adult type of coarctation of the aorta associated?

Associated with notching of the ribs (due to collateral circulation), hypertension in upper extremities, & weak, delayed pulses in lower extremities (radiofemoral delay)


What is the normal shunt for ductus arteriosus during fetal period? What happens to the shunt during neonatal period, and why? What effects does this have?

Right to left; Lung resistance decreases & shunt becomes left to right, with subsequent RVH &/or LVH and failure (abnormal)


With what kind of heart sound is patent ductus arteriosus associated?

Associated with a continuous, "machine-like" murmur