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Cardiology. 1998 Dec;90(3):202-6.

The four-chamber view and its sensitivity in detecting congenital heart defects.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Tex., USA.


We sought to determine the sensitivity of detecting congenital heart defects with routine antenatal ultrasound including the four-chamber view in a population at low risk for cardiac anomalies. Neonatal outcome and anomaly databases were reviewed to identify cases of morphologic cardiac defects from 1988-1992. Of 176 cases identified, 62 (35%) had routine antenatal ultrasound including the four-chamber view. Thirteen of these 62 (21%) were diagnosed by ultrasound and 18 of the 116 (15%) total defects present were seen. Of these, only 16 of 25 (64%) defects reasonably expected to be seen by the four-chamber cardiac view alone were detected. The routine ultrasound four-chamber cardiac evaluation is limited and detection depends on the type of cardiac defect present.

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