Dagmar Wertaschnigg

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Over the past 20 years, the rate of Cesarean section has undergone a marked increase on a global level and it appears unlikely that this trend will be reversed in the near future. This fact has also raised a number of questions regarding the growing preference for elective Cesarean section following a complication-free pregnancy and in the absence of(More)
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OBJECTIVE Valvuloplasty of the fetal aortic valve has the potential to prevent progression of critical aortic stenosis (AS) to hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). The aim of the study was to assess 24 aortic valvuloplasties regarding indications, success rate, procedure-related risks and outcome. METHODS Between January 2001 and December 2009 we(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the anomaly spectrum of prenatally detected absent pulmonary valve syndrome (APVS) and the outcome after diagnosis. Previous fetal studies reported survival rates of ≤ 25% for patients with intended postnatal care. METHODS Clinical data and echocardiograms of 12 cases with a fetal diagnosis of APVS between 2000 and 2010 were analyzed(More)
BACKGROUND Infantile haemangioma (IH) is the most commonly observed tumour in children. Off-label pharmacological treatment of IH with the beta-blocker propranolol induces regression of IH. Based on the fact that IH are more frequently observed in premature babies than in mature babies and the evidence that beta-blocker therapy leads to regression of IH,(More)
PURPOSE We correlate severe bowel damage in gastroschisis to the rare intrauterine event of narrowing of the abdominal wall around the protruding intestines. We describe this "closing gastroschisis" as a distinct entity. Prenatal ultrasound findings as gastric or bowel dilation were compared to the postnatal findings in order to find markers for an early in(More)
BACKGROUND Ebstein anomaly (EA) and tricuspid valve dysplasia (TVD) are rare anomalies and data on outcomes after a fetal or neonatal EA/TVD diagnosis are conflicting. METHODS To examine the outcome and identify markers predictive of mortality, we reviewed our single-centre experience from 2000-2014. Variables were analyzed separately for cases diagnosed(More)
OBJECTIVES Fetal aortic valvuloplasty can improve filling and reduce afterload of the left ventricle in critical aortic stenosis. Success of an intrauterine intervention is currently measured by technical success, clinical survival and eventual postnatal biventricular physiology. In the present study we investigated the use of tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)(More)
AIM In this explorative study it should be evaluated how the introduction of non invasive first trimester diagnosis (nuchal translucency measurement, Combined Test, first trimester ultrasound screening) has influenced the indications and cytogenetic results of chorion villi samplings. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between 1989 and 2008 3337 pregnancies with CVS(More)
Trisomy 13 mosaicism is a rare genetic disorder affecting a small minority of all trisomy 13 cases. It occurs when two cell populations that are karyotypically different are present in the same individual and are derived from a single zygote. As a rule, the phenotype is mitigated to a less dysmorphic appearance and longer survival, making genetic counseling(More)