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Congenital heart disorders in the fetus

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 October 2008

Lindsey D Allan*
Guy’s HospitalLondon, UK
Lindsey D Allan, Department of Fetal Cardiology, Guy’s Hospital, LondonSE1 9RT


The most important congenital heart disorders occurring in children are mainly due to malformations of cardiac structure. The underlying anatomical defect is established soon after the heart is first formed in embryonic life, less than 8 weeks after conception. However, the full echocardiographic picture may not be apparent until after birth or even later in childhood.

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