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Are my symptoms related to Tetralogy of Fallot or GERD? 

Full repair of Tetralogy of Fallot s/p at 6 months and now at 21 yrs of age, moderate to severe pulmonary regurgitation. I am having symptoms but I’m not sure if it’s that or maybe I have GERD. Not sure how to tell the difference?

submitted by Kristina from New York on 3/15/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Roberto Lufschanowski, MD  

Roberto Lufschanowski, MDDear Kristina: Almost every patient with Tetralogy corrected 20 years ago has some pulmonary [valve] regurgitation. The symptoms of GERD are different. It should not be a problem for your doctor to make the distinction.  

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Updated March 2013
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