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Echocardiography, congenital heart disease

Silvia G V Alvarez, Angela McBrien
The ductus arteriosus (DA) is a crucial part of the fetal circulation, both in the normal fetus and in critical congenital heart disease (CHD). It allows shunting between the pulmonary and systemic circulations. In physiological prenatal conditions, the DA lets the majority of right ventricular output bypass the fluid-filled, high-resistance lungs. The DA can cause hemodynamic compromise in the fetus and neonate when constricted or absent (in isolation or in patients with CHD) and may lead to pre- or postnatal sequelae within other systems when forming part of a vascular ring...
March 7, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Yuka Matsunaga, Masataka Ishimura, Hazumu Nagata, Kiyoshi Uike, Tadamune Kinjo, Masayuki Ochiai, Kenichiro Yamamura, Hidetoshi Takada, Yoshihisa Tanoue, Masaki Hayakawa, Masanori Matsumoto, Toshiro Hara, Shouichi Ohga
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA) are microvascular occlusive disorders characterized by systemic or intrarenal platelet aggregation, thrombocytopenia, and red cell fragmentation. Post-operative TMA mostly occurs in adult patients with cardiovascular surgery, with the distinct pathophysiology from classical thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) although the exact pathophysiology remains unclear. CASE PRESENTATION: A one-month-old infant developed TMA after the initial surgery of double outlet right ventricle...
February 7, 2018: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Shu-Zhen Xu, Yan Liang, Xiang-Pei Li, Xiao-Mei Li, Zong-Wen Shuai, Rui-Xue Leng, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is an increasingly recognized complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This study aims to estimate the point prevalence of PAH and identify risk factors for PAH in a large cohort of hospitalized SLE patients. We have collected the medical records of patients hospitalized with SLE at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University and Anhui Provincial Hospital. Resting transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) was used to estimate pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) and PAH was defined as systolic PAP (PASP) > 30 mmHg...
March 8, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Saima Bibi, Syed Yasir Hussain Gilani, Shawana Bibi
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart disease is a significant problem world over especially in neonates. Early diagnosis and prompt interventions in neonatal period precludes the mortality associated with this disorder. The objective of this study was to highlight the diversity of congenital cardiac defects in our region so that appropriate interventions are devised to minimize significant morbidity and mortality associated with this disorder. METHODS: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted at the Neonatology Unit of Department of Paediatrics, Ayub Teaching Hospital from January 2015 to December 2016...
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Andrew M Kim, Timothy A Hunter, Brian F McQuillan, Derek F Franco, Timothy P Griffith, Brett W Carter, John P Lichtenberger
Early identification of congenital heart diseases, specifically those affecting the structural integrity and function of the interventricular septum, in childhood is important toward decreasing the morbidity and mortality of those affected. We review the pertinent clinical and imaging manifestations for those with ventricular septal defects, ventricular septal aneurysms, tetralogy of Fallot, and hypertrophic (obstructive) cardiomyopathy, in addition to discussing first-line imaging studies, including echocardiography, and indications for advanced imaging...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
Wadi Mawad, Luc L Mertens
Cardiac imaging is central to today's pediatric cardiology practice not only to diagnose structural congenital defects and delineate cardiac and extracardiac anatomy but also for determining the hemodynamic impact of the structural defects and acquired pediatric diseases. Not so long ago, clinicians had to heavily rely on angiography as the main cardiac imaging modality to visualize the heart. Particularly, the development of echocardiography in the 1970s and 1980s together with the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) resulted in a non-invasive diagnostic revolution with diagnostic catheterization becoming obsolete apart for very specific indications...
February 21, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Matan Shimron, Lynne Williams, Yevgeni Hazanov, Diab Ghanim, Wadia Kinany, Offer Amir, Shemy Carasso
BACKGROUND: Diastolic dysfunction (DDFx) is the major underlying mechanism of heart failure with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (EF). Yet, the echocardiographic diagnosis of DDFx in patients in sinus rhythm is challenging and up to 25% of studies have discrepant measures making assessment of DDFx indeterminate. We aimed to describe the clinical and echocardiographic characteristics of patients with indeterminate diastolic function compared to patients with definite normal and abnormal diastolic function...
February 19, 2018: Echocardiography
Hugo R Martinez, Stephanie M Ware, Marcus S Schamberger, John J Parent
Left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC) is characterized by compact and trabecular layers of the left ventricular myocardium. This cardiomyopathy may occur with congenital heart disease (CHD). Single cases document co-occurrence of LVNC and heterotaxy, but no data exist regarding the prevalence of this association. This study sought to determine whether a non-random association of LVNC and heterotaxy exists by evaluating the prevalence of LVNC in patients with heterotaxy. In a retrospective review of the Indiana Network for Patient Care, we identified 172 patients with heterotaxy (69 male, 103 female)...
September 2017: Progress in Pediatric Cardiology
Gisela M B Meyer, Fernanda B Spilimbergo, Stephan Atmayer, Gabriel S Pacini, Matheus Zanon, Guilherme Watte, Edson Marchiori, Bruno Hochhegger
INTRODUCTION: Our goal was to assess the diagnostic performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a single method to diagnose pulmonary hypertension (PH) compared to right heart catheterization (RHC), computed tomography (CT), and ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy. METHODS: We identified 35 patients diagnosed with PH by RHC in our institution who have also undergone a CT, a scintigraphy, and an MRI within a month. All cases were discussed in multidisciplinary meetings...
February 12, 2018: Lung
Funda Oztunc, Sezen Ugan Atik, Reyhan Dedeoglu, Mehmet Aytac Yuksel, Rıza Madazlı
Aortic arch anomalies refer to congenital malformations of position or branching pattern of the aortic arch. To-date, only a few small studies have documented prenatal detection of aortic arch anomalies. In this article, we share our experience in detecting aortic arch anomalies. Foetal echocardiograms, clinic and genetic histories of 33 patients who had been diagnosed with aortic arch anomaly from 2007 to 2015 were reviewed. In 15 patients, right aortic arch with mirror image branching; in 13 patients, right aortic arch with left ductus arteriosus and aberrant left subclavian artery; in three patients, left aortic arch with aberrant right subclavian artery; in one patient bilateral ductus and right aortic arch with aberrant left subclavian artery and in one patient double aortic arch were detected...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Sathish M Chikkabyrappa, Rohit S Loomba, Justin T Tretter
Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (PA-IVS) is a rare complex cyanotic congenital heart disease with heterogeneous morphological variation. Prenatal diagnosis allows for developing a safe plan for delivery and postnatal management. While transthoracic echocardiography allows for detailed delineation of the cardiac anatomy, additional imaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and catheterization may be necessary to further outline features of the cardiac anatomy, specifically coronary artery anatomy...
February 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Xicheng Deng, Peng Huang, Liwen Yi, Xiaohui Yang, Cheng He
RATIONALE: Pectus excavatum (PE) in the setting of congenital heart disease is not uncommon. The surgical strategy has evolved over the last 20 years from a staged approach to simultaneous repair of both defects. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 3-year-old boy was admitted for elective repair of PE and atrial septal defect (ASD). DIAGNOSES: Clinically, there were obvious features of PE and a grade 2 systolic murmur heard loudest at the 2nd intercostal space abutting the left sternal border...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Subodh R Devabhaktuni, Eyas Chakfeh, Ali O Malik, Joshua A Pengson, Jibran Rana, Chowdhury H Ahsan
Subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS) is one of the common adult congenital heart diseases, with a prevalence of 6.5%. It is usually diagnosed in the first decade of life. Echocardiography is the test of choice to diagnose SAS. Surgical correction is the best treatment modality, and the prognosis is usually excellent. In this review, we describe the pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and management of SAS with a focus on different pathophysiologic mechanisms, diagnostic approach, and prognosis of the disease by reviewing the current literature...
January 29, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Uisoo Chae, Mi-Young Lee, Hyerim Kim, Hye-Sung Won, Ki-Soo Kim, Hyun-Woo Goo, Jae-Kon Ko, Jeong-Jun Park
Coronary arteriovenous fistula (CAVF) is a rare condition defined as an anomalous termination of the coronary arteries. The etiology of CAVF is either congenital or acquired, and iatrogenic CAVF is most commonly caused by cardiovascular surgery or percutaneous intervention. Most of the prenatally diagnosed CAVFs were related to complex heart disease, and only few cases of an isolated CAVF have been reported to date. We successfully diagnosed an isolated CAVF by fetal echocardiography at 25.3 weeks of gestation...
January 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Jeffrey W Miller, Lili Ding, Joel B Gunter, Jennifer E Lam, Erica P Lin, Joanna R Paquin, Bi Lian Li, James P Spaeth, Renee N Kreeger, Allison Divanovic, Mohamed Mahmoud, Andreas W Loepke
BACKGROUND: Acquisition of transthoracic echocardiographic (TTEcho) images in children often requires sedation. The optimal sedative for TTEcho has not been determined. Children with congenital heart disease are repeatedly exposed to sedatives and anesthetics that may affect brain development. Dexmedetomidine, which in animals alters brain structure to a lesser degree, may offer advantages in this vulnerable population. METHODS: A prospective, randomized, double-blind trial enrolled 280 children 3-24 months of age undergoing outpatient TTEcho, comparing 2...
January 23, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Nóra Ambrus, Kálmán Havasi, Krisztina Berek, Anita Kalapos, István Hartyánszky, Gábor Bogáts, Tamás Forster, Attila Nemes
INTRODUCTION: The prognostic role of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) level was confirmed in chronic heart failure and congenital heart diseases irrespective of the aetiology. AIM: The aim of this study was to compare NT‑proBNP measured in the clinical practice and important clinical and echocardiographic parameters in patients with adult congenital heart diseases under our care. METHOD: Data of a total of 70 patients were analysed; 34 patients had corrected tetralogy of Fallot and 19 patients had corrected transposition of the great arteries...
January 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
Pei-Ni Jone, Ruthanne Gould, Cindy Barrett, Adel K Younoszai, Brian Fonseca
Echocardiography is the primary diagnostic modality for congenital heart disease patients. The written report is used to communicate with the care team and organization is often divided into the body with detailed findings and the conclusions with important findings summarized. Strategies to increase workflow efficiency include batch writing of reports after performance of multiple echocardiograms and the use of report templates which may contribute to discrepancies within report leading to potential downstream medical errors...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Mieke M P Driessen, Marjolijn A Schings, Gertjan Tj Sieswerda, Pieter A Doevendans, Erik H Hulzebos, Marco C Post, Repke J Snijder, Jos J M Westenberg, Arie P J van Dijk, Folkert J Meijboom, Tim Leiner
BACKGROUND: Tricuspid valve (TV) regurgitation (TR) is a common complication of pulmonary hypertension and right-sided congenital heart disease, associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Estimation of TR severity by echocardiography and conventional cardiovasvular magnetic resonance (CMR) is not well validated and has high variability. 4D velocity-encoded (4D-flow) CMR was used to measure tricuspid flow in patients with complex right ventricular (RV) geometry and varying degrees of TR...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Marcello Chinali, Roberto Formigari, Giorgia Grutter
This manuscript describes the first report of takotsubo cardiomyopathy in a young heart transplant recipient following angry debate. Our patient is a 21-year-old woman with cardiac transplant performed owing to right ventricular failure in congenital heart disease. Positive echocardiography with typical asymmetry of regional function, positive enzymes, and negative biopsy and angiography met the criteria for the diagnosis of takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Patient was discharged after 1 week in good clinical conditions and fully recovered cardiac function...
January 13, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
Barakat Adeola Animasahun, Aminat Titilayo Ogunlana, Henry Olusegun Gbelee
Background: The true incidence of truncus arteriosus in underdeveloped countries is difficult to determine. This is due largely to underreporting as a result of nonavailability of technologically advanced facilities to make definitive diagnosis prenatally. There is a lack of data on the profile and outcome of patients with persistent truncus arteriosus (PTA) in Nigeria. This study aims to document the demographic characteristics, mode of presentation, indications for echocardiography, associated anomalies, average age at diagnosis, and outcome of patients with truncus arteriosus in our center...
October 2017: Heart Views: the Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association
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