Clinical Study

The retrospective analysis of Fetal Echocardiograpy results at the Uludag University Hospital

  • Yalçin Kimya
  • Özlem Mehtap Bostan
  • Funda Akpinar Alyamaç
  • Murat Özdil
  • Feyza Bayram
  • Candan Cengiz

Received Date: 10.03.2007 Accepted Date: 12.04.2007 J Turk Ger Gynecol Assoc 2007;8(4):380-386


In this study indications, findings and results of fetal echocardiography performed in our department were evaluated.


The records of fetal echocardiography findings, pregnancy and postpartum period were retrospectively evaluated in 208 patients and had fetal echocardiography who were in high risk for congenital heart diseases, in our department between May 2003-January 2007.


The mean age of 208 patients was 21.8 and mean gestational age 25 weeks and 3 days. The two most common indications for fetal echocardiography were congenital heart disease in the family and suspicion of cardiac anomaly during routine ultrasonography; 88/208 (42.3%) and 43/208 (20.7%); respectively. Incidence of abnormal findings in fetal echocardiographic examination was 26.9% (56/208). While congenital heart disease ratio in patients with family history of congenital heart disease was 4.6% (4/88), it was 74.4% (32/43) in patients with suspicion of cardiac anomaly during routine ultrasonography.


The most common request for fetal echocardiography was presence of congenital heart disease in the family. Routine prenatal ultrasonography has the most important role in detection of cardiac anomalies.

Keywords: fetal echocardiography, congenital heart diseases, prenatal diagnosis