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2008-05-27-13 VACTERL association © Tihonenko
VACTERL association

Irina Tihonenko, MD; Koipish Tatyana, MD; Chukanau Aliaksei, MD.

1st City Hospital Ultrasound Department, Pr. Nezaleznasci 64, Minsk 220006, Belarus.


Case report

A 24-year-old primigravida was sent to our clinic in second trimester of her pregnancy due to polyhydramnios. Our ultrasound examination revealed several anomalies.
- Atrioventricular septal defect of the heart with hypoplasia of the pulmonary artery;
- Absence of the stomach with suspected esophageal atresia;
- Absence of the right radius and thumb with radial deviation of the hand;
- Anal atresia.

She was rescanned at 37 weeks with the same findings. After delivery a vertebral deformity (hemivertebra at the level of sacrum was found). The anomalies were consistent with the VACTERL association.

Images 1, 2: The images show hypoplastic pulmonary artery.


Images 3, 4: 3D images of the right hand and forearm showing radial deviation of the hand due to radial aplasia.


Images 5, 6: 3D imaged of the fetal feet - rockerbottom feet were suspected.


Image 7: 3D image of the fetal face.

Images 8, 9: Postnatal X-ray showing sacral hemivertebra.


Images 10, 11: Postnatal appearance of the neonate (image 10 shows radial deviation of the right hand due to radial aplasia).


Video 1: The video shows some of the anomalies of the fetus decribed above.



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