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High prevalence of interatrial communications during the first three months of life.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9049116     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this study was to analyze retrospectively the results of color Doppler echocardiographic (CDE) investigations performed for the first time on a child under circumstances where there was unrestricted access to CDE. The records were obtained from a tertiary referral center at a university hospital serving a population of about one million. The patients were children (n = 284) ages 0 days to 15 years 9 months referred for CDE over a 1-year period. Heart abnormalities were found in 119 children (42%). Among the children <3 months old, a heart abnormality was detected by CDE in 71%. The most prevalent diagnosis was atrial septal defect, particularly during the first 3 months of life, where the intraatrial communications accounted for 78% of the heart abnormalities. It is concluded that there is high prevalence of atrial communications during the first 3 months of life. The spectrum of diagnoses among newborns differs from the previously reported frequencies of congenital heart diseases. Better equipment (CDE) seems to diagnose abnormalities that might not be diagnosed otherwise.
L K Hansen; H Oxhoj
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric cardiology     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0172-0643     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Cardiol     Publication Date:    1997 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-28     Completed Date:  1997-03-28     Revised Date:  2008-02-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003849     Medline TA:  Pediatr Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  83-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Pediatric Cardiology Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Odense University Hospital, DK-5000 Odense, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Echocardiography, Doppler, Color*
Heart Defects, Congenital / ultrasonography*
Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / epidemiology,  ultrasonography*
Infant, Newborn
Retrospective Studies

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