Prenatal diagnosis of a bundle branch block based on the fetal ECG

Lore Noben, Sally-Ann Clur, Judith Oeh van Laar, Rik Vullings

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A non-invasive fetal ECG was performed on a 36-year-old pregnant woman at 24+6 weeks of gestation as part of ongoing clinical research. A paediatric cardiologist suspected an incomplete bundle branch block based on the averaged ECGs from the recording. The characteristic terminal R' wave was present in multiple leads of the fetal ECGs. A fetal anomaly scan had been performed at 20 weeks of gestation and showed no abnormalities. An incomplete right bundle branch block was confirmed on an ECG recorded at the age of 2 years. This case shows the possibility of novel non-invasive fetal ECG technology as an adjunct to the diagnosis of fetal cardiac anomalies in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere229998
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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