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Ectopia cordis or ectopic heart is a congenital malformation in which the heart is abnormally located either partially or totally outside of the thorax. The #ectopic heart can be found along a spectrum of anatomical locations, including the neck, chest, or abdomen. In most cases, the heart protrudes outside the chest through a split sternum. Ectopia cordis results from a failure of proper #maturation of midline #mesoderm and ventral body wall formation during embryonic development. The exact etiology remains unknown, but abnormalities in the lateral body wall folds are believed to be involved. The #prognosis of ectopia cordis depends on classification according to three factors: location of the defect, extent of the cardiac displacement, presence or absence of intracardiac defects.



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