My daughter is 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We found out a while back that the baby has Tetralogy of Fallot but today, they told her he also has fluid around his heart. What would cause this? Is it related to the Tetralogy or are we possbily looking at an entirely different problem?
I don't have enough information to adequately answer the question here. Typially, tetralogy of Fallot does not cause any intrauterine problems with the heart, which is why they are able to make it to delivery and be evaluated/treated after birth. Fluid around the heart, though, can be due to other problems. It can be due to an infection around the heart. It can also be due to heart failure, also known as hydrops. However, this last statement must be qualified. Heart failure occurs when the heart is not able to meet the needs of the body. This happens when the function (squeeze) of the heart is inadequate or severely depressed or if there is something else going on, such as inadequate amount of red blood cells in the bloodstream. Thus, there are many reasons that this can occur. Your daughter's fetal cardiologist should be able to answer more regarding this and hopefully have a better sense of why this is happening.
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