Failed detection of complex congenital heart disease (including double outlet right ventricle and total anomalous pulmonary venous return) by neonatal pulse oximetry screening

Eur J Pediatr. 2007 Jun;166(6):625-6. doi: 10.1007/s00431-006-0283-0. Epub 2006 Sep 19.


We report on a newborn infant with complex congenital heart disease (CHD) featuring double outlet right ventricle and hypoplastic left ventricle who had postductal oxygen saturation well above 95% and thus eluded pulse oximetry screening for CHD.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / diagnosis
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neonatal Screening / methods*
  • Oximetry