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ECTOPIA CORDIS

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Alex Gulis

on 8 January 2014

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Transcript of ECTOPIA CORDIS

ECTOPIA CORDIS
WHAT IS
by Alex Gulis
"ectopia cordis"
?
What does the
NAME
mean
?
ECTOPIA
CORDIS
= "outside"
= "heart"
Translated from Latin...
A congenital condition in which the heart is exposed on the chest wall because of maldevelopment of the sternum and pericardium.
HOW
does it
happen
?
"failure of proper maturation of midline mesoderm and ventral body wall formation during embryotic development"
Failure of body wall formation may result in a
SPLIT STERNUM
Why is it
DANGEROUS
?
The heart is
UNPROTECTED
by
skin, bone, etc.
Often coupled with a variety of other dangers
atrial and ventral deficiencies
heart disease
omphalocele
VULNERABLE TO DISEASE
WARNING
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