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Vol. 17, No. 1, 2002
Issue release date: January–February 2002
Section title: Paper
Fetal Diagn Ther 2002;17:58–64
(DOI:10.1159/000048008)

MR Autopsy in Fetuses

Huisman T.A.G.M.a · Wisser J.b · Stallmach T.c · Krestin G.P.a · Huch R.b · Kubik-Huch R.A.a
Departments of aDiagnostic Radiology, bObstetrics and cPathology, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland

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Abstract of Paper

Published online: 1/17/2002
Issue release date: January–February 2002

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 1015-3837 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9964 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FDT

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether postmortem magnetic resonance imaging (MR autopsy) could serve as an alternative to necropsy of fetuses. The value of MR autopsy in the validation of the obstetric management and in risk counseling concerning future pregnancies is discussed. Methods: 10 consecutive, malformed fetuses were examined by postmortem MRI within 24 h of delivery. Prenatal ultrasound (US) was performed in all fetuses. Complete necropsy served as gold standard. Results: MR autopsy confirmed every US diagnosis responsible for termination. All MRI findings were confirmed by necropsy. In two fetuses, necropsy gave additional information relevant for risk counseling. Histologic examination corrected the diagnosis in one case. Conclusions: MR autopsy provides valuable information previously only available from necropsy. In parents who refuse perinatal necropsy, the information obtained by MR autopsy can be used to validate obstetric management and to evaluate the risk for future pregnancies. Necropsy however remains the gold standard.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Paper

Published online: 1/17/2002
Issue release date: January–February 2002

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 1015-3837 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9964 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FDT


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