Electrophysiologic features of fetal ventricular aneurysms and diverticula

Carli Peters, Annette Wacker-Gussmann, Janette F. Strasburger, Bettina F. Cuneo, Nina L. Gotteiner, Mehemet Gulecyuz, Ronald T. Wakai*

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Objective: Congenital ventricular wall defects are very rare and include congenital ventricular aneurysms (CVAs) and diverticula (CVDs). Method: We report a series of five fetuses: three with CVAs and two with CVDs referred due to fetal arrhythmia. In addition to routine fetal echocardiography, fetal magnetocardiography (fMCG) was used. The literature in CVA and CVD is reviewed. Results: Incessant premature ventricular contractions (PVC), mainly bigeminy and trigeminy were found in three fetuses with CVAs and in one with CVD, who also had ventricular couplets. The other fetus with CVD, referred because of PVCs, had only sinus tachycardia. ST elevation was noted in two. Fetal movement had a variable impact on PVCs. Postnatal evaluation demonstrated two persistent left ventricular aneurysms and one persistent right CVD; one CVD resolved at 35-week gestation. Two neonates had incessant PVCs. Both arrhythmias resolved spontaneously while being treated with propranolol. Conclusion: FMCG is complementary to echocardiographic imaging. In fetuses with left ventricular wall defects, additional electrophysiological diagnosis can be made by fMCG, including the complexity of ventricular ectopy, arrhythmic response to fetal movement, presence of ST-T wave abnormalities, and atrial amplitude increases. Prenatal risk factor assessment using fMCG can additionally support post-natal treatment and follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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