Paediatrics: Acyanotic: congenital heart disease

2021-03-05 12:00 AM

Failure of normal cardiac development or persistence of the foetal circulation after birth.

Acyanotic: congenital heart disease



Failure of normal cardiac development or persistence of the foetal circulation after birth.




  • 8/1000 live births.


  • 10–15% complex lesions with >1 abnormality.


  • 10–15% of CHD also have a non-cardiac abnormality.




This is unknown in the majority of cases, but commonly associated with following conditions:

  • Chromosomal defects: e.g. Down, Turner syndromes.


  • Gene defects: e.g. 22q deletion, Noonan syndrome


  • Congenital infections: e.g. rubella.


  • Teratogenic drugs: e.g. phenytoin, warfarin, alcohol.




CHD can be classified into acyanotic or cyanotic types depending on whether the predominant presentation is with or without central cyanosis. The latter is caused by deoxygenated blood gaining abnormal access to the systemic side of the circulation via the left side of the heart or the aorta.

Acyanotic CHD

  • VSD.
  • ASD.
  • PDA.
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis.
  • Coarctation of the aorta.
  • Aortic stenosis.
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
  • Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.
  • Dextrocardia.

Cyanotic CHD

  • Tetralogy of Fallot.
  • Transposition of the great arteries.
  • Tricuspid atresia.
  • Total anomalous pulmonary drainage.

The diagnosis of a specific lesion is made after clinical examination; CXR, ECG, and echocardiography.