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Prenatal Cardiology
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Review paper

Fetal echocardiography in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy as an essential element of modern prenatal diagnostics and perinatal care – recommendations of Polish Society of Prenatal Cardiology 2020

Łukasz Sokołowski
1, 2
,
Maciej Słodki
2, 3
,
Julia Murlewska
2
,
Iwona Strzelecka
4
,
Paulina Kordjalik
2
,
Marek Blitek
2
,
Jerzy Węgrzynowski
5
,
Mariusz Grzesiak
6
,
Michał Krekora
1
,
Krzysztof Czajkowski
7
,
Krzysztof Preis
8
,
Maria Respondek-Liberska
2, 4

1.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Polish Mother’s Memorial Hospital Research Institute in Lodz, Poland
2.
Department of Prenatal Cardiology, Polish Mother’s Memorial Hospital Research Institute in Lodz, Poland
3.
Faculty of Health Sciences, The Mazovian State University in Plock, Poland
4.
Department of Diagnoses and Prevention of Fetal Malformations, Medical University of Lodz, Poland
5.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology, “Zdroje” Hospital in Szczecin, Poland
6.
Department of Obstetrics, Perinatology, and Gynaecology, Polish Mother’s Memorial Hospital Research Institute in Lodz, Poland
7.
2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland
8.
Department of Obstetrics, Medical University of Gdansk, Poland
Prenat Cardio 2020; 10(1); 5-12
Online publish date: 2020/12/30
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The purpose of this article is to show that fetal echocardiography should also be performed in the third trimester of pregnancy, both in normal and complicated pregnancies. The article presents a review of the current literature presenting the possibilities and goals of fetal echocardiography in the third trimester of pregnancy in situations such as: coarctation of the aorta, premature constriction of the ductus arteriosus, increased fetal lung vascular resistance, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, dextro-transposition of the great arteries, fetal growth restriction, pregestational diabetes mellitus, and gestational diabetes mellitus. A specific feature of fetal echocardiography in the third trimester is the emphasis on the assessment of fetal heart function; therefore, the article describes the current method of assessing it.
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fetal echocardiography, prenatal cardiology, third trimester, prenatal diagnosis, congenital heart defect

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