When a potential fetal cardiac defect is identified during a screening ultrasound, referral to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Fetal Cardiac Care Center should be the next step.
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.
More than 2 dozen Cleveland Clinic Children’s specialists collaborated to develop best practices in intrauterine myelomeningocele repairs. In this article, Dr. Darrell Cass and his team discuss the program’s first fetal surgeries, from anesthetizing both mother and fetus, to fetal monitoring and the first incision.
A multidisciplinary team led by Darrell Cass, MD, has repaired myelomeningocele defects in two patients prior to birth, marking the successful beginning of Cleveland Clinic’s fetal surgery program.
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Here’s the lowdown on why echo is the go-to imaging test, when and why other modalities may be needed, and why specialized pediatric imaging expertise matters for young hearts.