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Fetal atrial septal aneurysm. Prenatal diagnosis by ultrasonography.
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PMID:  9284005     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess prenatal diagnosis by ultrasonography in five cases of fetal atrial septal aneurysm. STUDY DESIGN: Five cases of fetal atrial septal aneurysm were diagnosed prenatally by ultrasound. Postpartum fetal cardiac echocardiography was performed in three of five infants from the first to the fourth day of life. The medical records of the five cases were reviewed and analyzed after delivery. RESULTS: Echocardiograms confirmed atrial septal aneurysm in two of the three neonates. One of the two infants was also found to have a patent foramen ovale, and the other infant had patent duct arteriosis in addition to a patent foramen ovale. Two had fetal cardiac arrythmias that resolved after birth. CONCLUSION: Atrial septal aneurysm in fetuses may be a natural transition in spontaneous closure of the associated patent foramen ovale or septal defect. The same phenomenon has been found in children and infants. Due to the uniqueness of the fetal circulation, atrial septal aneurysm may predispose to fetal arrythmias.
M G Pinette; Y Pan; S G Pinette; J Blackstone; P G Stubblefield
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of reproductive medicine     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0024-7758     ISO Abbreviation:  J Reprod Med     Publication Date:  1997 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-09     Completed Date:  1997-10-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0173343     Medline TA:  J Reprod Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  459-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maine Medical Center, Scarborough 04074, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Diseases / ultrasonography*
Heart Aneurysm / ultrasonography*
Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / ultrasonography
Heart Septum / ultrasonography*
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*

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