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Fetal cardiac scanning today.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20572107     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The ability to examine the structure of the fetal heart in real-time started over 30 years ago now. The field has seen very great advances since then, both in terms of technical improvements in ultrasound equipment and in dissemination of operator skills. A great deal has been learnt about normal cardiac function in the human fetus throughout gestation and how it is affected by pathologies of pregnancy. There is increasing recognition of abnormal heart structure during routine obstetric scanning, allowing referral for specialist diagnosis and counselling. It is now possible to make accurate diagnosis of cardiac malformations as early as 12 weeks of gestation. Early diagnosis of a major cardiac malformation in the fetus can provide the parents with a comprehensive prognosis, enabling them to make the most informed choice about the management of the pregnancy.
Lindsey Allan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prenatal diagnosis     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1097-0223     ISO Abbreviation:  Prenat. Diagn.     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-28     Completed Date:  2010-10-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106540     Medline TA:  Prenat Diagn     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  639-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
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(c) 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Fetal Cardiology, King's College Hospital, London, SE5 9RS, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Heart / ultrasonography*
Heart Defects, Congenital / therapy,  ultrasonography*
Infant, Newborn
Ultrasonography, Prenatal / methods*,  standards

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