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3D and Thoraco-abdominal Malformations

E Viora, A Sciarrone, S Bastonero, G Errante, S Stillavato, M Campogrande

Keywords : 3D ultrasound,Fetal thoracic malformations,Fetal abdominal malformations,Prenatal diagnosis

Citation Information : Viora E, Sciarrone A, Bastonero S, Errante G, Stillavato S, Campogrande M. 3D and Thoraco-abdominal Malformations. Donald School J Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2007; 1 (3):37-44.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10009-1106

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-09-2008

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2007; The Author(s).


There are few 3D well-documented studies about thoraco- abdominal malformations, except for the evaluation of fetal lung volume. Three-dimensional ultrasound provides additional diagnostic information for the evaluation of fetal thorax both for the diagnosis of skeletal anomalies and the biometric measurements of lungs.

3D adds few information about the diagnosis of gastrointestinal malformations, but 3D images are an effective tool to make a careful advice with parents and pediatric surgeons, especially in fetuses with anterior wall defects.

Until now its use must be reserved in a research setting and offered to high-risk patients in order to understand which role 3D may play in the study of thoraco-abdominal malformations as a screening or diagnostic tool.

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