Early prenatal diagnosis of ventricular diverticulum complicated by serous pericardial effusion

Prenat Diagn. 1995 Aug;15(8):778-80. doi: 10.1002/pd.1970150817.


An unusual case of apical diverticulum complicated by serous pericardial effusion and diagnosed ultrasonographically at 13 weeks of gestation is described. A therapeutic abortion was induced at 14 weeks and the complete post-mortem examination did not show additional malformation. Cardiac diverticulum is a rare malformation that occurs as an isolated defect or as part of a complex midline thoraco-abdominal defect. Only two prenatally diagnosed cases have been previously reported in the literature and none with associated hydropericardium.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Therapeutic
  • Adult
  • Diverticulum / complications
  • Diverticulum / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diverticulum / embryology
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Heart Diseases / complications
  • Heart Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Heart Diseases / embryology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pericardial Effusion / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pericardial Effusion / embryology
  • Pericardial Effusion / etiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal*