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Prenat Diagn. 2004 Jul;24(7):508-12.

The role of integrated imaging techniques for prenatal prediction of phenotype in two cases of facial anomalies.

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Unità Operativa Ostetricia e Ginecologia, Ospedale V. Buzzi, ICP, Milano. cast@intervare.it

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Fetal face malformations represent one of the most challenging prenatal diagnoses mainly because of the wide range of morphological features involved. We tested an approach based on a combination of conventional two-dimensional ultrasound with the more recent three-dimensional technique plus magnetic resonance imaging, in order to improve parents' understanding of fetal face anomalies, thereby facilitating parent counselling.

METHODS:

Two cases of fetal facial anomaly were studied using these combined techniques; one had severe micrognathia and malformation of the ears with preauricular tags, while the other had bilateral dacryocystocele and severe hypertelorism.

RESULTS:

The images generated by three-dimensional ultrasound enabled the parents to visualize their child immediately and helped them to adjust to the diagnosis of facial defects and its clinical consequences.

CONCLUSIONS:

An approach based on combined use of different imaging techniques was found useful in both cases.

PMID:
15300740
DOI:
10.1002/pd.925
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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