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Intracardiac echogenic foci have no hemodynamic significance in the fetus.
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PMID:  19727924     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Intracardiac echogenic foci (ECFs), probably representing microcalcifications of the papillary muscles, are a common finding in fetal ultrasonic screening examinations. Their significance is unclear, and their value as markers for chromosomal anomalies is debatable. It also is unknown whether ECFs predict abnormal cardiac performance. This prospective study analyzed and compared the systolic and diastolic properties of the heart in 28 fetuses with ECFs and 70 fetuses without ECFs using both conventional and novel myocardial deformation methods. The findings suggest that left-sided ECFs do not predict depressed left- or right-side systolic or diastolic properties in the fetus. A longitudinal study that would follow ECF fetuses into their childhood is warranted to confirm the findings of this study.
Zeev Perles; Amiram Nir; Sagui Gavri; Julius Golender; Azaria J J T Rein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-08-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric cardiology     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1432-1971     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Cardiol     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-21     Completed Date:  2010-04-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003849     Medline TA:  Pediatr Cardiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Pediatric Cardiology Unit, Pediatric Department, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Kiryat Hadassah, P.O. Box 12000, 91120 Jerusalem, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Heart / pathology,  ultrasonography*
Gestational Age
Prospective Studies
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*

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