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The antenatal detection rate of major congenital heart disease in Scotland.
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PMID:  21873714     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Ultrasonography has been used to detect fetal congenital heart disease since the 1980s, although there has been little uniformity in policy. In the UK, data published for 1993-1995 found an average detection rate of 23.4% with a Scottish rate of 9.6%. At the time of this study, 10 out of the 14 health boards in Scotland were implementing the 16-22-week fetal anomaly scan (FAS). The aims of this study were to determine the rate of antenatal diagnosis of major congenital heart disease (MCHD) throughout Scotland during 1 January to 31 December 2006, to document the regional differences in detection and to determine if implementation of a FAS significantly improved rates. Retrospective data were collected from the centralized Paediatric Cardiac Services in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The database contains information on all infants with cardiac disease in Scotland. All infants requiring cardiac intervention or dying in the first year of life were included. The results showed that the antenatal diagnosis rate for Scotland was 28% (95% CI 21.2%, 34.9%). The Scottish health boards that had implemented the FAS had a significantly higher antenatal detection rate (χ(2) test P = 0.037). In conclusion, antenatal detection rate of MCHD varies widely throughout Scotland. Implementation of the FAS has made a significant difference to antenatal diagnosis.
H Kilner; M Wong; M Walayat
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scottish medical journal     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0036-9330     ISO Abbreviation:  Scott Med J     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2983335R     Medline TA:  Scott Med J     Country:  Scotland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  122-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
FY1 Doctor, The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Essex, CM20 IQX.
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