An Unusual Presentation of Necrotizing Enterocolitis on an Echocardiogram

Pediatric Cardiology, 03/30/2012

This report describes the spontaneous intracardiac air contrast found on the echocardiogram of a 5 day–old term neonate with Down syndrome and a complete atrioventricular septal defect who had experienced sudden–onset tachypnea and systemic desaturation. The stream of air contrast was tracked coming from the hepatic veins, and a diagnosis of necrotizing enterocolitis was suspected.

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