How is Tetralogy of Fallot diagnosed?

In some cases, Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) can be diagnosed prenatally (during pregnancy). After birth, a baby might have a heart murmur, lower levels of oxygen in the blood or an abnormal chest X-ray.

The doctor might use one or more of the following tests for TOF:

  • Echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart)
  • Electrocardiogram (a test to check the heart beat and rhythm)
  • Pulse oximetry (to measure how much oxygen is in the blood)
  • Chest X-ray

How do doctors treat Tetralogy of Fallot?

Surgery is the only treatment for Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Most children will need to have surgery around 4-8 months of age. Some children need just one surgery. Others might need more than one.

The Pediatric Cardiology team will help guide you through your child’s specific care plan.

Rev. 6/2018