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Journal of Perinatal Medicine

Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Dudenhausen, MD, FRCOG, Joachim W.

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Volume 33, Issue 6 (Dec 2005)


Isolated echogenic intracardiac foci in patients with low-risk triple screen results: assessing the risk of Trisomy 21

Nikki Koklanaris / Ashley S. Roman / Mary Ann Perle / Ana Monteagudo


Objective: While an echogenic intracardiac focus (EIF) is associated with an increased risk of trisomy 21 (T21), the magnitude of that risk remains controversial, particularly in the setting of a low-risk triple screen (TS). The objective of this study is to define the risk of T21 in patients with a low-risk TS and an isolated EIF.

Study design: A retrospective analysis was performed on patients presenting prior to 22 6/7 weeks of gestation. Patients met criteria for inclusion if an EIF was noted, a TS had been drawn, the anatomic survey was complete and was determined to be normal, and karyotyping or delivery occurred at Bellevue Hospital. A high-risk TS was defined as a risk of <1:500, assuming a 2-fold increased risk in the setting of an isolated EIF. A low-risk TS was defined as a risk of >1:500. Statistical analysis was performed using chi-square, with p values of <0.05 considered significant.

Results: 7,318 anatomic surveys were performed. An EIF was identified in 584 patients (7.98%), of which 391 met the criteria for inclusion. Of the 391, 51% were Asian and 38% were Hispanic; 348 had a low-risk TS and 43 had a high-risk TS. Patients with an EIF and a low-risk TS had a significantly lower risk of having a T21 pregnancy compared to those with a high-risk TS and an EIF (0 vs. 2.3%; p=0.004).

Conclusion: An isolated EIF with a low risk TS is not associated with an increased risk of T21.

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Corresponding author: Nikki Koklanaris, MD NYU School of Medicine 530 First Avenue Suite 9NB-26A New York, NY, 10016 Tel.: +1-212-263-8122 Fax: +1-212-263-7890

Received: July 15, 2005

Accepted: August 9, 2005

Published in Print: 2005-12-01

Citation Information: Journal of Perinatal Medicine, ISSN (Online) 1619-3997, ISSN (Print) 0300-5577, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPM.2005.096.

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