- By Dana Sparks
Researchers Find Heart Disorder Genetic Variants in Stillbirth Cases
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the United States and Europe discovered genetic mutations associated with long QT syndrome (LQTS), in a small number of intrauterine fetal deaths or stillbirths.
Michael Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D. , pediatric cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, says, “We know that the postmortem evaluation often has not been able to explain these deaths. Those of us who study LQTS and treat LQTS patients have often wondered whether LQTS may be the cause of some of these deaths.” Dr. Ackerman is co-study senior author along with Peter J. Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Pavia, Italy. The study appears in the April 10 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.
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