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Early fetal echocardiography and anomaly scan in fetuses with increased nuchal translucency.
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PMID:  22464566     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Nuchal translucency (NT) identified at the time of the 11-14week scan has been established as one of the best tools for screening for Down syndrome. It has also proven to be of value in screening for other conditions such as cardiac defects and extra-cardiac structural abnormalities. In this article, we present data from our fetal medicine unit that highlight the importance of using NT measurement as a stratifying tool when referring for early scans. We propose that, whenever possible, in selected cases with increased NT, provision should be made for additional early scans at 14-18weeks of gestation with a view to providing information on fetal structural integrity well ahead of the routine scheduled appointments. Early scans should incorporate detailed assessment of the fetal cardiac as well as extra-cardiac anatomy to diagnose or rule out major structural defects. This strategy will provide reassurance to a large number of prospective parents.
Shanthi Sairam; Julene S Carvalho
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-6232     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Fetal Medicine Unit, St. George's Hospital NHS Trust, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT, United Kingdom.
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