Fetal AVSD or Maybe Not?

  • Victoria Jowett


Fetal echocardiography enables prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease. However, imaging and interpretation can be difficult for a variety of different reasons. We describe a case illustrating how a left superior vena cava to coronary sinus can be falsely interpreted as an atrioventricular septal defect in the fetus.


Prenatal diagnosis Fetal echocardiography Left superior vena cava Atrioventricular septal defect 

Suggested Reading

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© Springer-Verlag London 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Fetal CareThe Royal Brompton Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s HospitalLondonUK

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