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Right Ventricular Mechanics in the Fetus with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
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PMID:  23473605     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular mechanics influence outcomes in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). The aim of this study was to determine whether differences in right ventricular performance have their origins in fetal life and if the architectural character of the hypoplastic left ventricle affects right ventricular mechanics. METHODS: The first complete fetal echocardiograms after 17 weeks' gestation were reviewed in 84 fetuses with HLHS and in 115 gestational age-matched normal controls. Inflow, outflow, and myocardial tissue Doppler velocities were measured. E/A and E/e' ratios and right ventricular myocardial performance index were calculated. RESULTS: In fetuses with HLHS, there were lower tricuspid E/A ratios (mean, 0.6 ± 0.1 vs 0.7 ± 0.1; P < .001), higher E/e' ratios (mean, 8.1 ± 2.6 vs 7.0 ± 1.3; P = .006), and higher right ventricular myocardial performance indices (mean, 0.47 ± 0.14 vs 0.40 ± 0.10; P < .001) compared with controls. Among fetuses with HLHS grouped according to left ventricular architecture, those with left ventricular endocardial fibroelastosis had the most striking differences in right ventricular mechanics. CONCLUSIONS: Right ventricular mechanics are different from normal in fetuses with HLHS and are influenced by the presence of left ventricular endocardial fibroelastosis. These differences precede the imposition of undue loading conditions as a consequence of surgical palliation and may offer clues to the development of later right ventricular failure.
Shobha Natarajan; Anita Szwast; Zhiyun Tian; Margaret McCann; Debbra Soffer; Jack Rychik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-3-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-6795     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Soc Echocardiogr     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
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Created Date:  2013-3-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8801388     Medline TA:  J Am Soc Echocardiogr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Fetal Heart Program, Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Electronic address:
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