Ultrasonography of fetal heart failure in early gestation

Etan Z. Zimmer, Avihai Reichler, Moshe Bronshtein

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Cardiac dysfunction was observed with transvaginal ultrasound in 12 fetuses at 13-17 weeks' gestation. Impaired contractility of the heart and significant reduction of the left ventricular fractional shortening were noted in these fetuses. Three of the fetuses also had supraventricular tachycardia. Many of the fetuses had cardiomegaly, oligohydramnios, a thick placenta, or associated cardiac and structural anomalies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-465
Number of pages5
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Early pregnancy
  • Fetus
  • Heart failure
  • Transvaginal ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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