Cardiac malformation in a premature baby

Body Region: Cardiovascular
Author: Axel Küttner, MD, Erlangen, Germany

1. Patient presentation
2. CT Images
3. CT Findings
4. Diagnosis
5. References

1. Patient presentation

  • A premature boy born in the thirty-fifth gestational week and weighing only 1700 g was referred
    from a small rural hospital for further examination of a suspected cardiac anomaly.

  • Ultrasonography and echocardiography revealed a complex syndrome, including left-sided renal
    agenesis and hydromyelia, but no cerebral anomalies.

  • Echocardiography also provided evidence of a persistent ductus arteriosus, a persistent foramen
    ovale, an apical ventricular septum defect, and pulmonary hypertension.

  • To better asses the morphological situation and to rule out pulmonary dysgenesis, a CT
    examination was ordered.

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