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Fetal echogenic cardiac foci: prospective postnatal electrocardiographic follow-up.
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PMID:  21836548     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective:To determine postnatal electrocardiographic abnormalities in fetuses with echogenic cardiac foci (ECF) and no congenital heart disease (CHD).Study Design:A total of 41 fetuses with ECF and no CHD, were prospectively followed after birth with serial echocardiograms, electrocardiogram (ECG) and 24-h ECG (Holter). The primary outcome was presence of significant abnormalities in the ECG or Holter.Result:ECF diagnosed at a mean (s.d.) of 25.6 (4.6) weeks gestation, were located in the ventricles and in the atria in 39 (95.1%), and 2 fetuses (4.9%), respectively. Postnatal follow-up was for 8.1 (4.6) months (range 1 to 24). None of the infants had any clinically significant abnormality in the ECG or Holter. ECF resolved in 10 infants (24.3%) by 24 months of age. There was no difference between infants with resolved or persistent ECF in various ECG or Holter measurements compared.Conclusion:Fetuses with ECF and no CHD have no significant postnatal electrocardiographic abnormalities, irrespective of ECF persistence or resolution.Journal of Perinatology advance online publication, 11 August 2011; doi:10.1038/jp.2011.113.
M A Hamdan; B A El Zoabi; A Al Shamsi; G N Bekdache; F Chedid
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5543     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
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Created Date:  2011-8-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Pediatrics, Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
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