Current status of fetal surgery

Symposium on Common Pediatric Surgical Problems - II

DOI: 10.1007/BF02731743

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Menon, P. & Rao, K.L.N. Indian J Pediatr (2005) 72: 433. doi:10.1007/BF02731743


The allure of fetal surgery is the possibility of interruptingin utero progression of an otherwise treatable condition. In spite of advances in prenatal diagnosis and refinements in surgical techniques, this field has not yet got off the ground because the risks to the mother and fetus, during and after the procedure far outweigh the benefits, and the infrastructure required to support such activity is prohibitively expensive. The various surgical conditions in which fetal surgery has been attempted and the present status of this specialty are discussed.

Key words

Fetal surgeryPrenatal diagnosisCongenital diaphragmatic herniaCystic lung lesionObstructive uropathySacrococcygeal teratomaSpina bifida

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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatric SurgeryPost Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric SurgeryAdvanced Pediatrie Centre, PGIMERChandigarh