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Fetal umbilical vein deviation in congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
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PMID:  23341382     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objectives Deviation of the intra-abdominal umbilical vein has been described as a marker of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and has been shown to help identify liver herniation into the fetal chest. The purpose of this study was to quantify the degree of deviation in affected fetuses and to determine the accuracy of measurements for diagnosing liver herniation. Methods In patients undergoing prenatal sonography for CDH, the midhepatic portion of the umbilical vein was identified, and the distance between the lateral edge of the vein and the inner rib margin was measured. The same was done on the right, and the ratio of the left to right measurement was termed the "umbilical vein ratio." The accuracy of the umbilical vein ratio for predicting the presence and side of the hernia and for diagnosing liver herniation was determined. Results All but 1 of the cases with right-sided hernias had an umbilical vein ratio above the normal range, and all had liver herniation. Of those with a left-sided hernia, only 2 had a ratio within the normal range. Of those with a left-sided hernia, an umbilical vein ratio less than 0.4 was shown by receiver operating characteristic curve analysis to be the best predictor of liver herniation. This cutoff had sensitivity of 89% for predicting herniation, with a false-positive rate of 14%. Conclusions Ninety-three percent of right-sided CDH lesions and 98% of left-sided lesions have an umbilical vein ratio outside the normal range. This finding shows that deviation may a useful indicator of CDH in screening ultrasound examinations. An umbilical vein ratio less than 0.4 is predictive of liver herniation.
Douglas S Richards; David M Kays
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1550-9613     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ultrasound Med     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-01-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211547     Medline TA:  J Ultrasound Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  263-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Intermountain Medical Center and University of Utah College of Medicine, 5121 S Cottonwood St, Suite 100, Murray, UT 84107 USA.
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