Cardiology in the Young

Brief Reports

Large blood cyst causing severe left ventricular obstruction in a fetus

Andrew C. Cooka1 c1, Nuala L. K. Fagga1 and Gurleen K. Sharlanda2

a1 Fetal Cardiac Pathology, Guy's Hospital, London

a2 Departments of Fetal Cardiology, Guy's Hospital, London

Summary

A case of left ventricular obstruction is reported in a fetus of 21 weeks gestation. Obstruction to the left ventricular inflow and outflow tracts was documented by prenatal echocardiography and, at autopsy, the cause was found to be a large blood cyst. It is likely that the associated hypoplasia of the left heart was a result of reduced blood flow beyond this obstructive lesion.

(Accepted May 19 1995)

Correspondence:

c1 Dr. Andrew C. Cook, Fetal Cardiac Pathology, Department of Histopathology, 2nd Floor Medical School, UMDS Guy's Hospital, London Bridge, SE1 9RT, United Kingdom. Tel. 44-171-955-4446; Fax. 44-171-955-4363.