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International Journal of Diabetes & Clinical Diagnosis Volume 3 (2016), Article ID 3:IJDCD-118, 3 pages
Review Article
Congenital Heart Disease and Maternal Diabetes Mellitus

A. C. Petropoulos*1,2, A. Xudiyeva1 and M. Ismaylova1

1Merkezi Klinika, 76 Parlament Prospekti, Bakı AZ1006, Azerbaijan
2Azerbaijan Medical University, Samad Vurğun Baku, Azerbaijan
Prof. Andreas Petropoulos, Azerbaijan Medical University, Baku, Azerbaijan; E-mail:
21 December 2015; 15 June 2016; 17 June 2016
Petropoulos AC, Xudiyeva A, Ismaylova M (2016) Congenital Heart Disease and Maternal Diabetes Mellitus. Int J Diabetes Clin Diagn 3: 118. doi:


Introduction: Diabetes mellitus is a relatively common illness that can complicatepregnancy and result in an increased incidence of congenital malformations.Offspring of diabetic mothers suffering from type IDDM have a fivefold incidence of congenital malformations compared to pregnancies in the general healthy population. Specifically, the pattern of congenital heart disease(CHD) encountered among this group, with an emphasis on abnormalities of laterality, looping and conotruncal septation, suggesting that the maternal metabolic state affects cardiogenesis at a very early stage of the developmental period, prior to 7 weeks of gestation. Although many have been written on the effect of diabetes in pregnant women, less is known for the effects of type II DM and gestational diabetes mellitus(GDM) and its role in provoking CHD.
Aim: Aim of this paper is to review the literature regarding the types of CHD seen in offspring of mothers suffering fromdifferent typesof diabetes mellitus, maternal types 1 and 2 and gestational and to comment on the incidences and any differencesfound in the types of detected CHD.
Method: a systematic literature resurge of the last 15 years was reviewed focusing to produce answers on the aims of the study.
Conclusion: basedon the existing evidencehigh frequency of CHD can be found in any type of maternal diabetes mellitus. For this reason, we believe that any type of diabetes present in a pregnancy must be a strong indication undergoing specific special fetal cardiac prenatal screening, aiming to detect possible CHD.