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Endoscopic examination of the fetus in early pregnancy.
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PMID:  10765512     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess if fetal examination is feasible by endoscopy in the late first-early second trimester. SETTING: Tertiary referral center for high risk obstetrics and genetics. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients (total number 9) submitted to pregnancy termination for social reason (7) or for chromosomal abnormality (2) between 10 and 14 weeks of pregnancy. Visualisation of the foetus by a transabdominally introduced endoscope (19 gauge) under local anaesthesia. Step by step examination of the foetal contour and double check of the recordings by a senior Pathologist. RESULTS: Patients complained no serious discomfort. Visualisation was accomplished in all cases with ease and the images were judged satisfactory by the Pathologist. Fetal examination was found easier at 10-12 weeks of gestation rather than at 13-14 weeks. DISCUSSION: Endoscopy is a simple and well tolerated procedure, which enables precise visualization of external fetal anatomy as early as the first trimester of gestation. Therefore it can be proposed before surgical termination of pregnancy.
P Greco; A Vimercati; S Bettocchi; G Loverro; L Selvaggi
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatal medicine     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0300-5577     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Med     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-06-08     Completed Date:  2000-06-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0361031     Medline TA:  J Perinat Med     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  34-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Bari, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Fetus / anatomy & histology
Gestational Age*
Ultrasonography, Prenatal

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