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Forum Name: Congenital Heart Disease in Adults

Question: Lifespan Of Tetrology of Fallot Patients

 bdedwards87 - Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:25 pm

I was born in 1987 with four holes in my heart. I had the surgery to repair this condition when I was one year old. I have been wondering lately what the average life span is for somone who has had the surgery.
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:49 pm

User avatar Hi,
The life span for persons who had a successful correction of tetralogy of Fallot is almost the same as any other 'normal' person in the general population.

One long term follow up study involving 814 patients undergoing complete repair at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, survival rates at 1 month and at 1 year, 5 years, and 20 years, were 93%, 93%, 92%, and 87%, respectively. These survival rates were only slightly less than those of an age, race, and sex-matched control population.
(Kirklin JK, Kirklin JW, Blackstone EH, Milano A, Pacifico AD. Effect of transannular patching on outcome after repair of tetralogy of Fallot. Ann Thorac Surg. Dec 1989;48(6):783-91). Presently, the figures are expected to be even better.

In an individual with Down's syndrome (about 30 to 50 percent of all children with Down syndrome are found to have heart defects), following total correction, the life expectancy should be almost the same as persons with Down's syndrome without Fallot's tetralogy (50 to 55 years).
Good luck!

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