A History of Fetal Surgery

Timothy Jancelewicz, Michael R. Harrison

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Abstract

Over the past 3 decades, fetal surgery for congenital disease has evolved from merely a fanciful concept to a medical field in its own right. Techniques for open hysterotomy, minimal-access hysteroscopy, and image-guided percutaneous fetal access have become well established, first in animal models and subsequently in humans. At the same time, major advances in fetal imaging and diagnosis, anesthesia, and tocolysis have allowed fetal intervention to become a vital tool for subsets of patients who would otherwise endure significant morbidity and mortality. This article offers a concise overview of the history of fetal surgery, from its tumultuous early days to its current status as an important means for the early treatment of potentially devastating congenital anomalies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Hysterotomy
Tocolysis
Hysteroscopy
Anesthesia
Animal Models
History
Morbidity
Mortality
Therapeutics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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A History of Fetal Surgery. / Jancelewicz, Timothy; Harrison, Michael R.

In: Clinics in Perinatology, Vol. 36, No. 2, 01.06.2009, p. 227-236.

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Jancelewicz, Timothy ; Harrison, Michael R. / A History of Fetal Surgery. In: Clinics in Perinatology. 2009 ; Vol. 36, No. 2. pp. 227-236.
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