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Article

Publication Date

5-2018

Keywords

Routine echocardiography, newborn infants, persistent oxygen.

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Abstract

In the era of antenatal screening for congenital heart disease (CHD), infants presenting with an undiagnosed significant CHD are rare. However, term infants admitted with an initial diagnosis of TTN and a prolonged oxygen requirement often undergo an echocardiogram. We aimed to assess whether this practice yields any additional cases of undiagnosed CHD. We performed a retrospective chart review over a three year period [2013 – 2015] of term (> 36 weeks) infants admitted to the NICU for ≥ 5 days with a diagnosis of TTN and received an echocardiogram. The presence of CHD on the echocardiogram was assessed. Forty-seven infants were enrolled. The median age of echocardiogram was day four [2 – 8]. No infant had a diagnosis of significant CHD on the postnatal echocardiogram. A small muscular VSD was identified in two infants. Routine echocardiography for this cohort of infants to rule out major CHD appears to be unwarranted.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Pediatrics

Citation

Walsh1 N, Breathnach C, El-Khuffash A, Franklin O, Corcoran JD. The Utility of Routine Echocardiography in Newborn Infants with a Persistent Oxygen Requirement. Irish Medical Journal. 2018;111(5):755

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