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Routine use of color Doppler in fetal heart scanning in a low-risk population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22685669     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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Objectives. To investigate the detection rate of major fetal heart defects in a low-risk population implementing routine use of color Doppler. Material and Methods. In a prospective observational study, all women undergoing fetal heart scanning (including 6781 routine examinations in the second trimester) during a three-year period were included. First a gray-scale scanning was performed including assessment of the four-chamber view and the great vessels. Thereafter three cross-sectional planes through the fetal thorax were assessed with color Doppler. Results. Thirty-nine fetuses had major heart defects, and 26 (67%) were prenatally detected. In 9/26 (35%) of cases the main ultrasound finding was related to the use of color Doppler. The survival rate of live born children was 91%. Conclusions. Routine use of color Doppler in fetal heart scanning in a low-risk population may be helpful in the detection of major heart defects; however, still severe malformations were missed prenatally.
Authors:
Torbjørn Moe Eggebø; Claudia Heien; Magne Berget; Christian Lycke Ellingsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-05-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  ISRN obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  2012     ISSN:  2090-4444     ISO Abbreviation:  ISRN Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-11     Completed Date:  2012-08-23     Revised Date:  2013-03-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101558763     Medline TA:  ISRN Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  496935     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stavanger University Hospital, N-4068 Stavanger, Norway.
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