The ultrasonic appearance of common pulmonary vein atresia in utero

N. Samuel, L. Sirotta, J. Bar-Ziv, D. Dicker, D. Feldberg, J. A. Goldman

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A case is presented of common pulmonary vein atresia (CPVA) in a fetus in utero, with severe pulmonary edema, bilateral pleural effusion, and a normal-sized heart, as diagnosed on ultrasound examination in the 35th week of gestation. The echodensity of the lungs was similar to that of the liver. The latter was enlarged and edematous, while the spleen was of normal size. These ultrasonic features are similar to findings in fetal cardiac failure. A midline enlarged blood vessel was identified posterior to the heart at the atrial level. It proved to be an atretic common pulmonary vein at autopsy examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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