Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
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Components include a large high VSD, pulmonary stenosis (usually infundibular), an overriding aorta which straddles the VSD, and right ventricular hypertrophy secondary to pulmonary outflow obstruction. The most severe form of TOF is pulmonary atresia associated with VSD, so called pseudotruncus. In pseudotruncus the pulmonary artery is not well developed and the entire pulmonary blood flow is through systemic or bronchial collaterals or a PDA.
The heart is usually normal in appearance but right ventricular hypertrophy can produce an upturned cardiac apex. The pulmonary vascularity is decreased and the pulmonary trunk is small, causing a concavity along the left mid heart border. The upturned cardiac apex and the pulmonary artery concavity cause the appearance of a "boot shaped" heart which is usually seen in the older child or the patient with pseudotruncus. Other associated anomalies include mirror image right aortic arch in 25% of patients with TOF and 50% of patients with pseudotruncus, coronary artery anomalies, a persistent left superior vena cava , abnormalities of the pulmonary arteries, absent pulmonary valve, aortic insufficiency, and ASD.
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