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The primary aim of this study was to determine the predictive value of prenatal ultrasound and echocardiography for prognosis in congenital heart disease (CHD) with coexisting diaphragmatic hernia (DH) in a tertiary care center. Eleven records from the database of the Department for Diagnoses and Prevention of Congenital Malformations, Polish Mother’s Memorial Hospital Research Institute, were reviewed. The mean maternal age was 29,2 ± 5,1 years, and the mean gestational age at the time of diagnosis was 28,4 ± 6,7 weeks. No information was available for children discharged from hospital. Data of eight cases of prenatal DH and complex heart disease from the literature were also analyzed. Three fetuses survived the neonatal period. In each of these, CHD was other than the urgent or critical type, defined as not requiring cardiac surgical intervention in the first day or month of life. Both sets of data collected from our center and the published literature confirmed the unfavorable prognosis for fetuses with severe or critical CHD with coexisting DH.

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In the history of civilization twins always fascinated, but initially they were treated as a freak of nature. Relatively recently the first scientific attempts were made to elaborate this theme and in the 50s of the 20th century the first national register of twins was created (Danish). Currently, there are many of such databases and they are an excellent source for a various analyzes, including the incidence and risk factors of genetically determined diseases, among others congenital heart defects. This paper presents a historical, sociological and medical aspects connected with the fascinating world of twins.

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DORV [double outlet right ventricle] is defined as a defect in which the great vessels leave entirely or mostly from above the morphologically right ventricle. The proposed by us new prenatal classification of heart defects for the DORV defect including the division into isolated and coexisting with extracardiac defect, facilitates consultation and predicting prognosis for the fetus and newborn. Isolated DORV in fetuses is classified as a severe elective defect (expected cardiac intervention or surgery at 1 month of age) with a relatively good prognosis for newborns, regardless of the type of intracardiac anomalies (in our series of cases 100% survival). DORV in the fetus with coexisting extracardiac defects (ECM) regardless of type of anomaly had poor prognosis (in our study group 100% demise rate).

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Absent of pulmonary valve syndrome is a rare congenital heart defect, which is diagnosed prenataly in 0,8% of fetuses with congenital heart defect based on the data from National Polish Registry Of Fetal Cardiac Anomalies.

We present a case of pregnat woman and fetus with that heart defect, which was detected in the 1st trimester and treated prenatally with digoxin, amnioreduction, tocolysis and steroids following by the cardiac sugery in the neonatal period. Despite an intensive therapy, the infant died on the 3rd month of age.

We belive that the main reason of poor outcome was premature delivery at the 35th week of gestation.

We present unique cardiac images proving the changing characterists of this type anomay since 1 st trimester

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The incidence of twin gestation has increased over the past decades and contributes to an increased rate of spontaneous preterm birth and increased mortality and morbidity up to adult age. Prevention of spontaneous preterm birth in twin pregnancies differs from interventions in singleton pregnancies.

Up to now, many treatment modalities have been investigated such as bed rest, tocolytics, antibiotics, cerclage or progestagens, but have failed to prevent prematurity rates in twin gestations or were even combined with harmful effects. Cervical pessaries might be a non-invasive cost-effective option, but it is mandatory to evaluate vaginal progesterone and cervical pessaries in twin gestations with a short cervix in further randomized trials.

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Shunt implantation in utero being a life-saving procedure, may be connected with a wide range of complications. One of them is catheter dislocation, a side effect which may impair the state of the fetus and child. We present a case of a boy with Congenital Adenomatoid Lung Malformation (CALM) type II. Invasive prenatal therapy, complicated by shunt migration did not influence our patient’s health. Moreover, the abnormally located shunt stayed within the child’s chest up to the age of 6 years. No symptoms linked to foreign body presence were observed. Although similar cases were published, we report a situation, in which the catheter was left in the patient’s body for 6 years, for the first time.

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Interrupted aortic arch is a rare and very difficult to diagnose congenital heart defect, which is divided into three types according to the place of interruption. The most common is type B, where the interruption is between the left carotid artery and left subclavian artery. This case report shows the description of the anomaly during the first and second trimester scan and review of the literature regarding interrupted aortic arch.

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Material and Methods: A retrospective analysis of 41 patients with congenital heart defect IAA from ICZMP in Lodz in the years 2003-2012, including 15 (36.6%) after prenatal diagnosis.

Results: An average of 4 newborns with IAA were operated annually, in the years 2003 -2009 postnatal diagnosis dominated, from 2010 prenatal diagnosis. In the group, n = 15 fetuses with IAA, heart size was normal: Avg 0.33 + / -0.05 HA / CA. Cardiovascular endurance in the CVPS : 8 - 10 points Avg. 9.56 + / -0.73. Infants in the "prenatal" group were often delivered by CS (64.3%), and infants diagnosed postnatally, often by spontaneous delivery (76.9%). In the prenatal group 100% of newborns received prostaglandin E1 from day one, and the "postnatal" group at an average of 6th day. In the "prenatal" group the dose of PGE: 0.02 ug / kg / min, in the "postnatal" group the average dose was> 2 x higher 0,042 mg / kg / min. A statistically significant relationship was shown: between the day of administering prostaglandin E1 and the number of postoperative recovery hospitalization days of the newborn with IAA.

Di George Syndrome occurred in 40% in the "prenatal" and in 15.4% in the "postnatal" group. Cardiac operations in the "prenatal" group were performed at average 19th day, and at average 21st day in the "postnatal" group. Infants in the "prenatal" group remained in the postoperative recovery room an average of 7.85 + / -3.98 days, and those from the “postnatal” group an average of 8.38 + / -3.94 days (p = 0.6212). There were 3 deaths (7.3%): 1 patient diagnosed prenatally and 2 postnatally. Neonates with IAA in the "prenatal" group remained in the hospital on average: 43.69 + / - 4.82 days and 39.54 + / -3.75 days in the "postnatal" group. After cardiac surgery, hospitalization in the "prenatal" group amounted to an average of 25.2 days in the "postnatal" 26.7 days.

Conclusions: 1. The prenatal diagnosis of IAA was grounds to start the administration of prostaglandin E1 on the first day of life, and in the "postnatal" group the administration of prostaglandin followed on average 6 days after birth, the "postnatal" dose was 2 x higher. 2. A statistically significant correlation was demonstrated between the day of prostaglandin E1 commencement and the number of hospitalization days of the newborn with IAA in the postoperative recovery room, the length of hospital stay in the ICU and sometimes full hospitalization.

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Double anueploidy, involving both trisomy 18 and Klinefelter syndrome at the same time, is a rare event, in which the features of Edwards syndrome dominate the clinical picture. We describe a patient, who was diagnosed in the 8th gestational week with a seemingly normal intrauterine pregnancy with “chorionic bump”. In the 12th week the following abnormalities were diagnosed by ultrasound: Increased nuchal translucency (4.7 mm), increased anteroposterior diameter of the fourth ventricle and increased diameter of the third ventricle of the brain, mesocardia and cardiomegaly. The CVS karyotype revealed 48,XXY,+18 karyotype. In our opinion, the increased anteroposterior diameter of the fourth ventricle of the brain in this fetus was probably an early manifestation of the Dandy-Walker malformation (unproven because of early pregnancy termination), which is typical of Edwards syndrome fetuses. We consider the increased anteroposterior diameter of the fourth ventricle of the brain in the first trimester fetus as an indication for fetal karyotyping and further detailed imaging studies.

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Obstruction of the duodenum is the most common intestinal obstruction of the fetus and newborn. A typical symptom of duodenal atresia is the double bubble sign. However, in order to diagnose annular pancreas, it is also required to locate a hyperechogenic band around the double bubble. We analysed the possibility of prenatal differential diagnosis of intestinal atresia, such as duodenal atresia and annular pancreas based on the analysis of two cases examined in the 26th week of pregnancy. This material was analysed by two ultrasonographers (one pediatric surgeon).

Conclusions: "Double bubble" symptom in prenatal sonography is typical of high level intestinal obstruction, but it can occur both in classical duodenal atresia, and in the cases of annular pancreas, and in other rare anomalies. Classic prenatal ultrasound examination using 2D option seems to be insufficient for accurate differential diagnosis.