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Fetal diagnosis of left ventricular tumour with pericardial extension persisting into childhood
  1. Nitha Naqvi1,
  2. Michael Rigby1,
  3. Job Cyriac2,
  4. 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}

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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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