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Two cases of Pentalogy of Cantrell diagnosed antenatally at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra

Alim Swarray-Deen
Joseph D Seffah
Deliverance A Antwi-Agyei


Pentalogy of Cantrell is a rare congenital malformation syndrome that may be associated with other congenital anomalies. The syndrome is said to affect males and females in equal numbers and the prognosis is generally poor. We report two cases of Cantrell’s Pentalogy diagnosed antenatally at the Korle Bu teaching Hospital. The 2 cases described in this report demonstrate the complete and incomplete variant of the syndrome. The cases were referred as an omphalocoele and a detailed anomaly scan confirmed the diagnosis of Pentalogy of Cantrell. Both cases were females and neither survived beyond 24 hours. Although this condition is associated with a poor prognosis, there have been some reported cases of survival in the literature. Thus, accurate prenatal diagnosis and a multidisciplinary approach to the management may offer improved outcomes.

Keywords: Foetal Anomaly, Ventral wall defect, Obstetric ultrasound, Prenatal diagnosis, Thoraco-abdominal