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Module 5: Abnormal great artery views


  • Major forms of congenital heart disease are fairly common, occurring in about 3/1000 live-births
  • About 40% of major congenital heart malformations are only seen in the great artery views. It is therefore important that in cardiac evaluation both the 4-chamber view and the great artery views should be examined
  • In a similar fashion to the 4-chamber view evaluation, the great arteries should be analyzed systematically, with reference to size, position, structure and function
  • If you can recognize an abnormal appearance of any of these views and describe accurately why it is different from normal, you can reach the correct diagnosis

 Major fetal cardiac defects