The place of ultrasonography in detecting fetal heart malformations

Gheorghe Cruciat, Corina Matiş, Georgiana Iordache, Florin Stamatian


Most newborns with cardiac malformations are born without obvious risk factors, so the prenatal diagnosis depends on screening protocols. Fetal cardiac ultrasound should be a part of every ultrasound examination, especially when other malformations are discovered. Contrary to neural tube defects or trisomy 21, detecting fetal heart malformations implies therapeutically termination of pregnancy in only half of the cases. Echocardiographic exam (2D, 3D, Doppler) allows the diagnosis of
90% of cardiac defects, given performing machinery and an experimented examiner.

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