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Agenesis of the ductus venosus – an irrelevant anomaly or a severe clinical problem?

Wojciech Cnota, Agata Włoch, Bartosz Czuba, Dominika Wójtowicz, Krzysztof Sodowski
DOI: 10.17772/gp/1623
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Ginekol Pol 2013;84(8).

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Background: Ductus venosus is the fetal blood vessel connecting the abdominal portion of the umbilical vein with the inferior vena cava. Numerous studies have confirmed the important role of this vessel in fetal circulation. There are, however, cases when finding the ductus venosus during an ultrasound examination is impossible. Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the fate of fetuses with known ductus venosus agenesis and its severity in fetal life. Material and methods: 17 fetuses from singleton pregnancies with agenesis of the ductus venosus were observed and followed up. Results: A total of 3 intrauterine deaths, preceded by fetal hydrops and signs of heart failure, were observed in the study group. One newborn required cardiac care after birth. In the majority of cases with ductus venosus agenesis, where no accompanying developmental anomalies were found, prognosis for the fetus and the newborn was good. Conclusions: Cases of ductus venosus agenesis should be directed to and followed up in referral centers, where adequate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures can be undertaken.

Abstract

Background: Ductus venosus is the fetal blood vessel connecting the abdominal portion of the umbilical vein with the inferior vena cava. Numerous studies have confirmed the important role of this vessel in fetal circulation. There are, however, cases when finding the ductus venosus during an ultrasound examination is impossible. Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the fate of fetuses with known ductus venosus agenesis and its severity in fetal life. Material and methods: 17 fetuses from singleton pregnancies with agenesis of the ductus venosus were observed and followed up. Results: A total of 3 intrauterine deaths, preceded by fetal hydrops and signs of heart failure, were observed in the study group. One newborn required cardiac care after birth. In the majority of cases with ductus venosus agenesis, where no accompanying developmental anomalies were found, prognosis for the fetus and the newborn was good. Conclusions: Cases of ductus venosus agenesis should be directed to and followed up in referral centers, where adequate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures can be undertaken.
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Keywords

prenatal diagnosis, ductus venosus agenesis, prenatal ultrasound testing

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Title

Agenesis of the ductus venosus – an irrelevant anomaly or a severe clinical problem?

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

Issue

Vol 84, No 8 (2013)

DOI

10.17772/gp/1623

Bibliographic record

Ginekol Pol 2013;84(8).

Keywords

prenatal diagnosis
ductus venosus agenesis
prenatal ultrasound testing

Authors

Wojciech Cnota
Agata Włoch
Bartosz Czuba
Dominika Wójtowicz
Krzysztof Sodowski

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