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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2015, Article ID 154690, 11 pages
Case Report

Prenatal Diagnosis of Cardiac Diverticulum with Pericardial Effusion in the First Trimester of Pregnancy with Resolution after Early Pericardiocentesis

Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Therapy Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Maternity Hospital of Canaries, Las Palmas, 35004 Gran Canaria, Spain

Received 19 May 2015; Revised 6 September 2015; Accepted 13 September 2015

Academic Editor: Babatunde A. Gbolade

Copyright © 2015 Raquel Garcia Rodriguez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cardiac diverticulum is a rare anomaly, which may present in association with pericardial effusion. Only few cases diagnosed during fetal life have been published and only in 12 cases pericardiocentesis was made with good postnatal outcomes in 83% of the cases. In the first trimester of pregnancy only 6 cases were reported. We described the largest series of cases published. We describe a case of cardiac diverticulum complicated with pericardial effusion during the first trimester of pregnancy and resolved by intrauterine pericardiocentesis at 17 weeks of pregnancy. We made a systematic review of the literature with the cases reported of cardiac diverticulum, management, and outcomes.