HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Major Heart Defects Can Be Identified In Fetuses By 14 Weeks Of Gestation

(Using fetal nuchal translucency to screen for major congenital cardiac defects at 10 - 14 weeks of gestation: population based cohort study)

In fetuses, identifying increased nuchal translucency thickness by ultrasound scan at 10 - 14 weeks of gestation reveals the majority (55 per cent) of major defects of the heart and arteries, according to a study in this week's BMJ. Dr Jon Hyett and colleagues from King's College Hospital Medical School and Guy's Hospital in London report that this method of screening is more accurate than the traditional method of viewing the four chambers of the fetal heart at 16 - 26 weeks, which only picks up a quarter (26 per cent) of major defects.

In the fetus, fluid collects behind the neck and this can be measured by ultrasound scanning - the more fluid that has accumulated the thicker the nuchal translucency and the greater the risk of an abnormality being present. In their study of 29,154 pregnancies, the authors report that 50 (1.7 per 1000) involved a fetus with a major heart defect.

Hyett et al recommend that fetuses identified as having increased nuchal translucency should be referred for specialist fetal echocardiography.

Contact:

Professor Kypros Nicolaides, Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King's College Hospital Medical School, London
'"/>

Contact: Jill Shepherd
jshepherd@bma.org.uk
44-171-383-6259
BMJ-British Medical Journal
8-Jan-1999


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Major scientific discovery in cancer research to be honored
2. Major U.S. environmental policy bears scrutiny in midlife
3. Major boost for European zebrafish research
4. Major mutations, not many small changes, might lead way to new species
5. Major new finding on genetics of Parkinsons disease zeroes in on activity of alpha synuclein
6. Major stress during pregnancy linked to autism
7. Major fossil find reveals Asian origins of salamanders
8. Major unique new study shows infrequent inspections lead to greater stream pollution
9. Major new initiative to resolve structure of protein families
10. Major air pollution study launched
11. Major grant to aid McGill University professors efforts to improve school science teaching

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/14/2017)... (NYSE: IBM ) is introducing several innovative partner startups ... collaboration between startups and global businesses, taking place in ... nine startups will showcase the solutions they have built with ... France is one of the ... percent increase in the number of startups created between 2012 ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... 16, 2017   Bridge Patient Portal , ... MD EMR Systems , an electronic medical ... GE, have established a partnership to build an ... the GE Centricity™ products, including Centricity Practice Solution ... These new integrations will allow healthcare delivery ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... New York , April 19, 2017 ... competitive, as its vendor landscape is marked by the ... the market is however held by five major players ... Safran. Together these companies accounted for nearly 61% of ... of the leading companies in the global military biometrics ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... platform specifically designed for life science researchers to analyze and interpret datasets, ... Franklin, who made a major contribution to the discovery of the double-helix ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... ... Personal eye wash is a basic first aid supply for any work environment, but most ... you rinse first if a dangerous substance enters both eyes? It’s one less decision, and ... unique dual eye piece. , “Whether its dirt and debris, or an acid or alkali, ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  VMS BioMarketing, a leading ... a nationwide oncology Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) network, which will ... need for communication among health care professionals to enhance the ... nurses, office staff, and other health care professionals to help ... breast cancer. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... implantation and pregnancy rates in frozen and fresh in vitro fertilization (IVF) ... and maternal age to IVF success. , After comparing the results from the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: