The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 82, Issue 11, pp 1050–1060 | Cite as

Clinical Approach to a Neonate with Cyanosis

  • Saurabh Kumar Gupta
Review Article


Cyanosis is always pathological and demands detailed evaluation. Combined use of clinical findings, electrocardiogram and chest radiograph permits determination of underlying cause in vast majority. Stepwise approach allows hemodynamic classification of the cardiac lesion and directs immediate management. Accurate anatomic diagnosis of the cardiac malformation is seldom essential for preliminary management and therefore, emphasis must be on clinical classification rather than on obtaining echocardiographic diagnosis.


Cyanosis Neonate Congenital heart disease 



The author is grateful to Dr. Sandeep Singh, Professor of Cardiology, All India Institute Medical Sciences, New Delhi for critical review of the manuscript.


SKG prepared and finalised the manuscript. Anita Saxena, Professor of Cardiology, Department of Cardiology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India, will act as guarantor for this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CardiologyRoom No. 23, 7th Floor, Cardiothoracic Sciences Center, All India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia

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