Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 98:F355 doi:10.1136/fetalneonatal-2012-301842
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Fetal diagnosis of left ventricular tumour with pericardial extension persisting into childhood

  1. Julene S Carvalho1
  1. 1Fetal and Paediatric Cardiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Julene S Carvalho, Consultant Fetal and Paediatric cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK; j.carvalho{at}
  • Received 4 March 2012
  • Accepted 26 March 2012
  • Published Online First 9 June 2012

Rhabdomyomas account for 60%–86% of fetal cardiac tumours.1 They are characteristically benign, multiple, enlarging during early fetal life, spontaneously regressing after 32 weeks gestation, usually disappearing by 18 months.1 Pericardial invasion is rare and associated with poor outcome.2 ,3 We present an unusual case.

At 23-week routine screening, a male fetus presented with a cardiac mass. Fetal echocardiography demonstrated a left ventricular tumour (19.8×6.9 mm) (movie …

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