[Cardiac failure in the newborn. Diagnostic pitfalls]. Academic Article uri icon

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  • Echocardiography commonly represents the diagnostic clue in neonatal heart failure (HF). Congenital heart diseases are the most frequent causes of HF in this age group. Arterio-venous malformations are the most common noncardiac causes of HF. Normal cardiac structural findings on echocardiography require further investigations in order to exclude other causes of HF. We present three male patients admitted in the interval 2003-2007 with neonatal HF, systolic murmur, cardiomegaly, normal cardiac structure on echocardiography and intracranial bruit. All three cases were diagnosed with vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation (VGAM) by head ultrasound. According to age and malformation type, different presentation patterns were noticed: early neonatal intractable HF mimicking aortic coarctation, postnatal HF stabilized by drug treatment, and chronic HF in a VGAM with tendency to spontaneous regression. Both head ultrasound and cranial auscultation are mandatory in newborns or infants with no cardiac primary cause of HF.


  • Anca, Ioana Alina
  • Acs, Beata
  • Popp, Alina Stănescu
  • Ciomârtan, Tatiana
  • Predescu, Dragos
  • Iagăru, N
  • Ritivoiu, Mirela
  • Brezan, F

publication date

  • October 2007