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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181beda76
Surgical Intervention in Pregnancy

Fetoscopic Management of Complicated Monochorionic Twins

CHMAIT, RAMEN MD*; KONTOPOULOS, EFTICHIA MD, PhD; QUINTERO, RUBéN MD

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Abstract

Operative fetoscopy is a surgical approach to the in utero treatment of fetal or placental abnormalities. The approach is on the basis of combined use of ultrasound and endoscopy and minimally invasive access into the womb. Operative fetoscopy is associated with significantly less risk of preterm birth, neonatal morbidity, and maternal morbidity as compared with open fetal surgery. A wide variety of fetal conditions have been surgically managed via operative fetoscopy, particularly complicated monochorionic twin gestations. The aim of this chapter is to review the current status and future direction of operative fetoscopy for the treatment of complicated monochorionic twin pregnancies.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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