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Chapter 3 - Development of the Heart

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 August 2019

Michael T. Ashworth
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London
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A brief account of early embryo formation is followed by an overview of the salient features of heart development. Following this there is a detailed treatment of the processes involved in the construction of the functioning embryonic heart, including a focus on the genes involved. Short sections are devoted to pericardium, coronary arteries and conduction system, the systemic veins and the systemic arteries. Finally, the fetal circulation and its adaptation to post-natal life are described.

Pathology of Heart Disease in the Fetus, Infant and Child
Autopsy, Surgical and Molecular Pathology
, pp. 53 - 74
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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