Cardia Ectopia with Omphalocele Detected at 11+5 Weeks

  • Prabha Sinha Consultant Tawam Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Shabnum Sibtain Assistant Professor, Azra Naheed Medical College, Lahore
Keywords: Ectopia cordis, omphalocele, pentalogy of Cantrell, thoraco-abdominal wall defect


Ectopia cordis is a rare, severe congenital anomaly.1 This may be of various types depending on the extent of soft tissue involved. It is characterized by complete or partial displacement of the heart outside the thoracic cavity. The prenatal sonographic diagnosis of ectopia cordis is usually easy and can be diagnosed in the first trimester scan. Due to associated intracardiac and extracardiac anomalies outcome is very poor. This case of ectopia cordis with omphalocele, was diagnosed at 11 weeks +5 days and ended in termination of pregnancy. This defect might have started at 21 days of gestation, due to thoracic cavity compression by ruptured chorion/yolk sac.


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