The aim of this report is to present data from Italian cardiac transplant centers assessing pregnancy after cardiac transplantation. Our retrospective survey included 10 pregnancies occurring in 7 patients during January 1991 to February 2002. Eight pregnancies were completed successfully and 2 abortions were reported (frequency rate 20%). No complications were observed during pregnancy or after delivery. Of 8 infants studied, 6 (75%) were born at term and 2 (25%) pre-term. One baby presented congenital talipes valgus. Pediatric development was uneventful. The data from the literature and our series show that a multidisciplinary approach is mandatory. The course of pregnancy is usually normal and the maternal and fetal outcomes are usually favorable. Although no fetal malformations have been reported, prolonged follow-up of these infants is required.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine