Cleveland Clinic Fetal Surgeons Resect Rare Intrapericardial Teratoma

A multidisciplinary Cleveland Clinic team led by Darrell Cass, MD, has successfully performed a challenging fetal surgery to remove an intrapericardial teratoma that posed imminent lethal risk to a nearly 27-week-old fetus. Only one previous incidence of extended survival after fetal intrapericardial teratoma resection is documented in the world’s medical literature.

Fetal Surgery Program Plans to Offer New Capabilities

Since its initial procedure in February 2019, Cleveland Clinic’s fetal surgery program has undertaken increasingly complex cases. Next up: fetoscopic endoluminal tracheal occlusion to treat fetuses with severe pulmonary hypoplasia due to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and providing treatment for twin-twin transfusion syndrome.

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EXIT-to-Airway Fetal Surgery Results in Safe Delivery

In a complex fetal surgery procedure performed in December at Cleveland Clinic, a multidisciplinary team led by pediatric and fetal surgeon Darrell Cass, MD, established an airway in a partially delivered fetus with a large trachea-obstructing neck mass, enabling a safe birth and subsequent removal of the tumor.

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