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Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 1995 Mar;5(3):202-5.

Early fetal endocardial fibroelastosis and critical aortic stenosis: a case report.

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Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Instituto per l'Infanzia Trieste, Italy.


Endocardial fibroelastosis is characterized by an abnormal thickening of the endocardium of one or both ventricles; the disorder may occur with or without other cardiac anomalies. A diagnosis of endocardial fibroelastosis in utero using fetal echocardiography may be made on the basis of increased echodensity of the endocardium and poor contractility of the ventricle. We describe a case of very early diagnosis of fibroelastosis and aortic valve stenosis observed in utero at 14 weeks' gestation by transvaginal echocardiography.

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