Congenital cardiac left ventricular aneurysm with pericardial effusion: Early prenatal diagnosis and intervention

Dina El Kady, Eugenio O Gerscovich, Anita Moon-Grady, Dena Towner, John P McGahan, Laila Rhee-Morris, Sima Naderi

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Congenital left ventricular aneurysm is a rare condition characterized by a protrusion or outpouching of the ventricular wall. The etiology is unknown, and there is a variable prognosis in the current literature. Approximately 20 cases detected by prenatal ultrasonography have been reported, with 4 of these cases indicating the presence of pericardial fluid. We report a case of left ventricular aneurysm with a large pericardial effusion diagnosed at 17 weeks' gestation but retrospectively recognized on imaging at 15 weeks 6 days. To our knowledge, this represents the earliest reported prenatal diagnosis to date and newly reports placement of a pericardial drain catheter in this condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1011-1015
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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