Anesthesia for fetal minimal access surgery

Charles B. Cauldwell

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Abstract

Fetal surgery, whether minimal access or not, involves intervention on two patients. Issues of maternal safety, teratogenicity of anesthetic agents, fetal asphyxia and monitoring, and uterine relaxation must be addressed for optimal outcomes. Prevention of preterm labor remains a major challenge and should be started before leaving the operating room. Surgical approach, i.e. whether a laparotomy is required to achieve adequate access to the fetus, will guide the anesthesiologist in the choice of anesthetic plan. Fetal anesthesia needs to be considered for those procedures that involve direct intervention on the fetus, as opposed to placental or umbilical manipulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-167
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques
Volume6
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

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Anesthetics
Fetus
Anesthesia
Fetal Monitoring
Umbilicus
Premature Obstetric Labor
Asphyxia
Operating Rooms
Laparotomy
Mothers
Safety
Anesthesiologists

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Anesthesia for fetal minimal access surgery. / Cauldwell, Charles B.

In: Pediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2002, p. 161-167.

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Cauldwell, Charles B. / Anesthesia for fetal minimal access surgery. In: Pediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques. 2002 ; Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 161-167.
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