A 40-year-old member asked:
Would a fetal heart ultrasound find all problems if there were any?
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No: No ultrasound can diagnose all problems in a baby, and fetal heart ultrasounds can miss problems too. A good fetal echocardiogram should be able to diagnose most major heart defects in a fetus, but there are factors that can make the exam difficult, like the gestational age of the fetus, the position of the fetus, or a mother who is obese.
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Dr. Nikolaos Zachariasanswered
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 28 years experience
Depends.: Depending on maternal bmi, gestational age, number of fetuses, fibroids, fetal position, machine used, duration of the examination, examiner experience and amniotic fluid volume - prenatal sonography can pick up 20-70% of all fetal heart defects. Fetal echocardiography should detect >90% of such defects, but there are not enough pediatric cardiologists interested in fetal echo around to try that.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
What is a fetal heart ultrasound?
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Fetal echocardiogram: A fetal echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound of the fetal heart, usually only done when there is an increased risk of a heart defect in the fetus. It is a detailed look at lots of different parts of a baby's heart anatomy and function.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2016
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