Lung function and cardiopulmonary exercise capacity in patients with corrected tetralogy of Fallot Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: Since surgical repair of tetralogy of Fallot was introduced, follow-up studies have shown that the majority of patients lead actives lives and have no subjective exercise limitation. Objectives: To examine lung function, cardiopulmonary functional capacity and echo-Doppler assessment of pulmonary pressure in adult patients 20 years after repair of TOF. Methods: Unselected consecutive patients performed full lung function testing, progressive cardiopulmonary exercise, and echo-Doppler assessments of pulmonary pressure. Results: Fifty consecutive patients (33 men, 17 women) aged 29±11 years who underwent surgical repair of TOF at age 10.1±10.9 years were enrolled in this study. Patients after TOF showed no restriction (forced expiratory vital capacity 80%, total lung capacity 91%) and had normal oxygen saturation (97%) and 6 minute walking distance …


publication date

  • August 1, 2008