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Antenatal diagnosis of renal tract anomalies: has it increased the sum of human happiness?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8683521     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When used as a screening procedure, ultrasound examination of the fetal urinary tract seldom leads to beneficial interventions. There is also a cost in terms of parental anxiety and unnecessary investigation and treatment. A formal screening programme would therefore be unjustified. However, screening of women for obstetric purposes will continue to reveal fetal abnormalities, and a strategy for dealing with these is needed. Antenatal treatments remain experimental; for most of the common conditions postnatal treatment has no urgency; and, in cases of minor abnormality detected by ultrasound, the best course may be to do nothing.
P S Malone
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0141-0768     ISO Abbreviation:  J R Soc Med     Publication Date:  1996 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-08-19     Completed Date:  1996-08-19     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802879     Medline TA:  J R Soc Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  155P-8P     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatric Nephrourology, Southampton General Hospital, England.
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MeSH Terms
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Reproducibility of Results
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*
Urinary Tract / abnormalities*,  ultrasonography

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