The Participation of Perinatal Diagnostics in Decreasing theIncidence of Congenital Malformations in the Czech Republic

Authors: V. Gregor 1,2;  A. Šípek 3,4;  D. Mašátová 5
Authors‘ workplace: Oddělení lékařské genetiky, Fakultní Thomayerova nemocnice, Praha, ředitel Ing. J. Pubrdle 2Institut postgraduálního vzdělávání ve zdravotnictví, Katedra lékařské genetiky, Praha, vedoucí prof. MUDr. P. Goetz, CSc. 3Ústav pro péči o matku a dítě, Praha, ř 1
Published in: Čes. Gynek.2003, , č. 6 s. 395-400


An analysis of prenatal diagnostics of congenital malformations in the year 2002and an analysis of the proportion of prenatal diagnostics in the total incidence of congenitalmalformations in the Czech Republic in the years 1994 – 2002.Design: A retrospective study.Setting: Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty Thomayer Hospital, Prague.Materials and Methods: The data were obtained from Dept. of Medical Genetics wards (28departments) – congenital malformations were detected during prenatal diagnostics, andother data were obtained from the Institute of Medical Information and Statistics of the CzechRepublic, the National Registry of Inborn Defects – Congenital Malformations in Newborns. Fromthe available material the authors selected six types of congenital malformations (anencephaly,spina bifi da, omphalocoele, gastroschisis, renal agenesis/hypoplasia, Down syndrome) for a moredetailed analysis.Results: In the period of 1994-2002 a total of 3,621 pregnancies with congenital malformationswere detected and terminated and 1,351 fetuses were prenatally diagnosed, but the pregnancywas not terminated. The prenatal detection of inborn errors is gradually increasing. A detailedanalysis of prenatal diagnostics in 2002 indicated that chromosomal aberrations were diagnosedmost frequently (307 cases), of which Down syndrome was most frequent (108 cases). The nextmost frequent defects were those of urinary tract (agenesis or renal hypoplasia 13 times, kidneycystosis 25 times, hydronephrosis 31 times, other congenital malformations 10 times), congenitalheart malformations (dealt with in another presentation), defects of neural tube (anencephaly18 times, encephalocoele 6 times, spina bifi da 22 times), congenital malformations of skeletal andmuscular system (46 times) and defects of abdominal wall (omphalocoele 10 times, gastoschisis25 times).A detailed analysis of six types of congenital malformations revealed that prenatal detection ofcongenital malformations increases with time and prenatal diagnostics signifi cantly participatesin the total detection of congenital malformations. The percentage of prematurely terminatedpregnancies from the total number of diagnosed malformations is almost 100% in anencephaly,50-60% in spina bifi da, 50-60% in omphalocoele, 70-90% in gastroschisis, 20-30% in renal agenesis/hypoplasia and 60-70% in Down syndrome.Conclusion: In the period of observation there were increasing numbers of prenatally diagnosedcongenital malformations. A difference develops between the total number of prenatallydiagnosed cases and those diagnosed prenatally and terminated. There is an increasing numberof non-terminated cases (decision of the pregnant woman, multiple pregnancies, late detection ofthe congenital malformations). The effi ciency of prenatal diagnosis in the observed period was inthe range of 50-100% in relation to the type and severity of the congenital malformations.

Key words:
congenital malformations, prenatal diagnostics, anencephaly, spina bifi da,omphalocoele, gastroschisis, renal agenesis and hypoplasia, Down syndrome

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