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ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2011, Article ID 458120, 5 pages
Review Article

Accuracy of Prenatal Diagnosis in Elective Termination of Pregnancy: 385 Cases from 2000 to 2007

1Serviço de Genética Médica, Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra, Avenida Bissaya Barreto, 3000-076 Coimbra, Portugal
2Centro de Diagnóstico Pré-natal, Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra, 3000-061 Coimbra, Portugal
3Serviço de Anatomia Patológica, Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra, 3041-853 Coimbra, Portugal

Received 27 September 2010; Accepted 21 October 2010

Academic Editors: N. A. Ginsberg, J. L. Neyro, and B. Pertl

Copyright © 2011 Fabiana Ramos 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.


Objective. To evaluate the quality of prenatal results in all cases of termination of pregnancy (TOP) due to fetal abnormalities in a tertiary prenatal diagnosis center. Material and Methods. Retrospective analysis of the 385 TOP performed on our department due to fetal abnormalities between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2007. We compared all data for agreement between the ultrasound, genetic, and postmortem findings, regarding the abnormalities identified in the etiological diagnosis and its prognosis. Results. Chromosome abnormalities were the most common indication for TOP (39%), followed by abnormalities of CNS (20%), monogenic disorders (11%), sequences (9.6%), polimalformative syndromes (5.2%), and isolated congenital heart diseases (4%). Total agreement was 21%. Further abnormalities were identified in 79%. The data collected after TOP changed the etiologic diagnosis in 21% but the prognosis was changed in only one fetus. Discussion. This study corroborates the necessity of a multidisciplinary team in prenatal diagnosis centers. Their work remarkably improves the genetic counseling and represents an important aspect in quality control of the information given to a couple previously to a TOP.