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The intersection of fetal palliative care and fetal surgery: Addressing mortality and quality of life

Journal title
Seminars in perinatology
Publication year
2017
Author(s)
Munson, D.
Pages
101-105
Volume
41
Number
2

Over the last few decades, the fields of fetal surgery and maternal-fetal medicine have developed interventions aimed at modifying severe diseases in utero. Innovations in fetal approaches to congenital diaphragmatic hernia and myelomeningocele have shown considerable promise in modifying the clinical course with fetal intervention. Patients who present to fetal centers to be evaluated for these interventions face challenging decisions that directly relate to questions of mortality and quality of life. This article explores how clinicians might apply the tools and principles of fetal palliative care to supporting a woman and her family who are considering fetal surgery.

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