In utero ultrasound diagnosis of congenital heart disease

M. Marasini, M. Cordone, G. Pongiglione, M. Lituania, A. Bertolini, D. Ribaldone

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Two hundred and one pregnancies considered at high risk for congenital heart disease (CHD) underwent fetal cross-sectional echocardiographic (CSE) examination. In 190 cases a structurally normal heart was correctly predicted; seven cases of CHD were identified, but in two of them the specific diagnosis was inaccurate. One false positive diagnosis of a small ventricular septal defect was made. There were three false negative diagnoses: two of ventricular septal defects and one of aortic coarctation. We conclude that severe heart malformations can be reliably identified or excluded by CSE in utero, but important anatomical details may be missed. Therefore, prognosis should be based only on the structures identified to multiple-scan planes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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