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The management of symptomatic neonates with suspected congenital heart disease using combined cross-sectional echocardiography and pulsed Doppler flow study as the definitive investigations.
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PMID:  2759755     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We studied prospectively 140 consecutive symptomatic neonates with suspected congenital heart disease by combined cross-sectional and pulsed Doppler echocardiography. Using the sequential segmental approach, the anatomy at all cardiovascular junctions was clearly defined in 89 (64%) babies. Based on the non-invasive investigations, 47 went to surgery while 42 babies were treated medically. The other 51 babies underwent further cardiac catheterisation. Of these, only 23 (16%) required diagnostic catheterisation prior to their management decision. The remaining 28 babies were catheterised for (1) angiographic measurement of anatomical structures (n = 12), (2) haemodynamic measurement (n = 1), and (3) balloon atrial septostomy (n = 15). One hundred and two babies had ultimate verification of their echocardiographic diagnoses. A total of 612 cardiovascular segments were identified. There were 33 (5%) echocardiographic errors, 23 of missed or uncertain diagnosis and 10 wrong interpretations. The diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for the combined non-invasive technique were thus 96 and 98%, respectively. Only one death was attributed directly to an echocardiographic error. Hence when the clinical outcome was taken into consideration, 88 of the 89 neonates without an initial catheterisation were judged to be appropriately managed for their presentation.
M P Leung; D L Cheung; R N Lo; C K Mok; J Lee; C Y Yeung
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of cardiology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0167-5273     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  1989 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-09-08     Completed Date:  1989-09-08     Revised Date:  2006-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8200291     Medline TA:  Int J Cardiol     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  41-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, Grantham Hospital, University of Hong Kong.
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MeSH Terms
Echocardiography, Doppler
Heart Defects, Congenital / diagnosis*
Infant, Newborn

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