The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 85, Issue 12, pp 1101–1109 | Cite as

Antenatally Diagnosed Surgical Conditions: Fetus As Our Patient

  • Kashish Khanna
  • Anjan Kumar Dhua
  • Veereshwar BhatnagarEmail author
Review Article


In today’s era of improved antenatal care and screening modalities (3D high-resolution fetal ultrasound, fetal magnetic resonance imaging, fetal echocardiography, maternal serum markers and fetal blood sampling), an early diagnosis of surgical fetal abnormalities is routinely possible. A thorough knowledge about the incidence of such defects, the means of detection and evaluation, the scope of fetal intervention, postnatal management and long-term outcomes of common surgical conditions diagnosed antenatally is essential. This knowledge would not only help in proper patient care and management but also to ensure appropriate counselling of the expectant parents. This article highlights the fetal anomalies which are amenable to some form of fetal intervention from a pediatric surgical perspective as also those which can be treated after birth.


Fetal surgical anomalies Fetal intervention Congenital Malformations Antenatal diagnosis 


Authors’ Contributions

KK: Collection of data and preparation of draft manuscript; AKD: Preparation of manuscript; VB: Conceptualising, planning, finalising the paper and will act as guarantor for this paper.

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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kashish Khanna
    • 1
  • Anjan Kumar Dhua
    • 1
  • Veereshwar Bhatnagar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric SurgeryAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia

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