BioScience Trends. 2016;10(2):125-132. (DOI: 10.5582/bst.2016.01046)

Fetal ventriculomegaly: Pregnancy outcomes and follow-ups in ten years.

Chu N, Zhang YP, Yan YL, Ren YY, Wang L, Zhang B


The aim of this study is to evaluate the pregnancy outcomes and prognoses for fetuses with ventriculomegaly. Two hundred and forty-one cases of fetuses with ventriculomegaly were included in this study. The subjects were divided into three groups according to their lateral ventricular width: "Mild Ventriculomegaly" (10 ‒ < 12 mm), "Moderate Ventriculomegaly" (12 ‒ < 15 mm) and "Severe Ventriculomegaly" (≥ 15 mm). Pediatric examination records and telephone interviews were conducted to track the outcomes of children until the age of 9 years. Eight-two cases were Isolated Ventriculomegaly (34.0%), while Non-Isolated Ventriculomegaly was found in 159 cases (66.0%). The pregnancy was terminated in 91 cases, and a higher abortion ratio was found in the NIVM (Non-Isolated Ventriculomegaly) group compared with the IVM (Isolated Ventriculomegaly) group. The fetuses were delivered in 150 cases, and four infants suffered deaths with NIVM. Of the surviving fetuses, 7 with IVM and 9 with NIVM showed significant abnormalities. The Mild and Moderate VM groups had more favorable prognoses compared with the Severe VM group. Regarding the outcomes and progression of lateral ventricular width, 1 out of 42 cases in the regressed group and 19 out of 108 cases in the stable group showed significant abnormalities. This study suggests that the degree and the progression of ventricular dilatation are main factors that affect pregnancy outcomes and prognoses.

KEYWORDS: Prenatal diagnosis, ventriculomegaly, pregnancy outcome

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