Larry A. Latson MD


Clubbing

Clubbing is a condition in which the ends of the fingers and toes swell and the nails bulge outward. The nails wrap around the fingers or toes and look raised, curved, and shiny. Clubbing may happen in children born with heart defects and people with chronic heart, lung, liver, or thyroid disease. But simple hereditary…

Tetralogy of Fallot

Tetralogy of Fallot is a condition in which a child is born with the following four different heart defects: Overriding aorta. Normally the large blood vessel that carries blood to the body (aorta) receives only oxygen-rich blood from the left side of the heart. With an overriding aorta, the aorta gets blood from both…

Ventricular Septal Defect

Ventricular septal defect (VSD), the most common heart problem that develops before birth (congenital), is an opening in the wall that separates the lower chambers of the heart. Most ventricular septal defects are small and do not cause a problem. The opening of a ventricular septal defect can be as small as a pinhole…

Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital heart defects are structural heart problems or abnormalities that have been present since birth. Congenital heart defects usually have no known cause. In some cases, they may be passed from a parent to a child (inherited). They also may occur in the developing baby (fetus) of a woman who has an infection or…

Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return

Total anomalous pulmonary venous return is a structural problem with the heart that causes oxygen-poor blood. It is a type of congenital heart defect, which means it develops before a baby is born. With this defect, all the pulmonary veins from the lungs do not connect with the left side of the heart as they should…