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Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia with Severe Tricuspid Regurgitation: Fetal Pulmonary Artery Size Predicts Lung Viability in the Presence of Small Lung Volumes

Nathan A.T.a · Marino B.S.c, d · Dominguez T.d · Tabbutt S.c, d · Nicolson S.a · Donaghue D.D.c, e · Spray T.L.b · Rychik J.c, e
Divisions of aCardiac Anesthesia, bCardiothoracic Surgery, cCardiology and dCritical Care Medicine, and eFetal Heart Program, Cardiac Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., USA Fetal Diagn Ther 2010;27:101–105 (DOI:10.1159/000275809)


Congenital tricuspid valve disease (Ebstein’s anomaly, tricuspid valve dysplasia) with severe tricuspid regurgitation and cardiomegaly is associated with poor prognosis. Fetal echocardiography can accurately measure right atrial enlargement, which is associated with a poor prognosis in the fetus with tricuspid valve disease. Fetal lung volumetric assessments have been used in an attempt to predict viability of fetuses using ultrasonogram and prenatal MRI. We describe a fetus with tricuspid dysplasia, severe tricuspid regurgitation, right atrial enlargement and markedly reduced lung volumes. The early gestational onset of cardiomegaly with bilateral lung compression raised the possibility of severe lung hypoplasia with decreased broncho-alveolar development. Use of fetal echocardiography with measurement of pulmonary artery size combined with prenatal MRI scanning of lung volumes resulted in an improved understanding of this anomaly and directed the management strategy towards a successful Fontan circulation.


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