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Bluish colouring of the skin owing to oxygen deficiency, usually as a result of a congenital heart defect. Some of the deoxygenated blood flowing back to the heart from the body does not flow into the lung to absorb oxygen but flows instead through a hole in the septum, directly from the right to the left side of the heart and back into the systemic circulation

Author(s): Kinderherzstiftung, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Sticker, Hermine Nock
Last updated: 2009-04-28