Prenatal sonographic diagnosis and perinatal management of ectopia cordis

R. Achiron*, M. Shimmel, B. Farber, J. Glaser

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Ectopia cordis is a rare malformation presenting as an isolated lesion or as part of the Cantrell's pentology syndrome. Prenatal ultrasonographic diagnosis of ectopia cordis must be followed by a careful search for associated anomalies, since the prognosis may vary accordingly. A case of prenatal diagnosis of ectopia cordis in the early second trimester is presented. Routine sonographic examination at 18 weeks of gestation revealed protrusion of the heart into the amniotic fluid, ventricular septal defect and omphalocele. The perinatal evaluation and management are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-434
Number of pages4
JournalUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • ectopia cordis
  • prenatal diagnosis
  • ultrasound


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