Pediatric Cardiology

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 587–597 | Cite as

The Impact of Prenatal Diagnosis of Complex Congenital Heart Disease on Neonatal Outcomes

  • Allison Levey
  • Julie S. Glickstein
  • Charles S. Kleinman
  • Stephanie M. Levasseur
  • Jonathan Chen
  • Welton M. Gersony
  • Ismee A. Williams
Original Article


Prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease (CHD) is increasingly common. However, the current impact of prenatal diagnosis on neonatal outcomes is unclear. Between January 2004 and January 2008, a retrospective chart review of infants who underwent surgical repair of CHD before discharge at our institution was conducted. Obstetric and perioperative variables were recorded. Of 439 neonates, 294 (67%) were diagnosed prenatally (PREdx). Infants with PREdx had a lower mean birth weight (3.0 ± 0.6 vs. 3.1 ± 0.6 kg, p = 0.002) and gestational age (37.9 ± 2.1 vs. 38.6 ± 2.4 wk, p < 0.001) than those with postnatal diagnosis (POSTdx). Severe lesions were more likely to be PREdx: Neonates with single-ventricle (SV) physiology (n = 130 patients [31.2%]) had increased odds of PREdx (n = 113/130, odds ratio [OR] 4.7; 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.7–8.2, p < 0.001). PREdx was associated with decreased preoperative intubation (OR 0.62; 95% CI 0.42–0.95, p = 0.033), administration of antibiotics (OR 0.23; 95% CI 0.15–0.36, p < 0.001), cardiac catheterization (OR 0.54; 95% CI 0.34–0.85, p = 0.01), and emergency surgery (OR 0.18; 95% CI 0.06–0.5, p < 0.001) compared with POSTdx infants. There was no difference in APGAR scores, preoperative pH, day of life of surgery, operative complications, hospital length of stay, or overall mortality in the PREdx versus POSTdx groups, even when controlling for lesion severity. PREdx was not independently associated with neonatal mortality, despite having included more severe cardiac lesions. PREdx was significantly associated with decreased neonatal morbidity in terms of decreased use of preoperative ventilator, administration of antibiotics, cardiac catheterization, and emergency surgery.


Congenital Diagnosis Echocardiography Heart defects Surgery 



I. A. Williams received support from Grant No. KL2 RR024157 from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institutes of Health Roadmap for Medical Research. The contents herein are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of National Centre for Research Resources or National Institutes of Health. Information on National Centre for Research Resources is available at Information on Re-engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise can be obtained from www.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allison Levey
    • 1
  • Julie S. Glickstein
    • 1
  • Charles S. Kleinman
    • 1
  • Stephanie M. Levasseur
    • 1
  • Jonathan Chen
    • 2
  • Welton M. Gersony
    • 1
  • Ismee A. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics and the Center for Prenatal Pediatrics, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New YorkColumbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New YorkColumbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA

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