Fetal echocardiography is used to diagnose or exclude cardiac disease before birth. Anatomic abnormalities are often associated with additional noncardiac or chromosomal defects. Fetal cardiac disease may progress as gestation advances. Signs of deterioration include cardiac dilatation, increasing valvular insufficiency, and hydrops. The detection of fetal cardiac abnormalities allows the management team to better prepare for possible complications of labor and delivery, and in some cases for treatment before birth.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology