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Prenatal diagnosis of bladder exstrophy: what counseling?
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PMID:  10037419     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Bladder exstrophy has recently become one of the several congenital malformations detectable prenatally by fetal ultrasonography, which implies the necessity of a correct prognostic evaluation of quality of life on which therapeutic termination of pregnancy may depend within the temporal limits stated by the law. While maintaining a preeminently informative role, prenatal counseling has gained increasing relevance for the quality of life long-term prognosis in adults affected by bladder exstrophy, particularly in regard to urinary continence, and sexual and reproductive problems in male and female individuals. We report a case of bladder exstrophy diagnosed at 22 week of gestation, and comprehensively review the literature on prenatal diagnostic tools and procedures as well as long-term followup in such cases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: At week 22 of gestation a woman underwent prognostic counseling due to the diagnosis of fetal bladder exstrophy made by prenatal ultrasound. After counseling the parents elected pregnancy termination. In addition, literature data were analyzed in regard to quality of life and bladder exstrophy. RESULTS: We believe that the rarity of the prenatal diagnosis of this abnormality has resulted in the lack of a comprehensive review of necessary counseling criteria. CONCLUSIONS: We suggest what we consider to be a valid counseling approach for parents after a prenatal diagnosis of bladder exstrophy.
A Cacciari; G L Pilu; M Mordenti; P L Ceccarelli; G Ruggeri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of urology     Volume:  161     ISSN:  0022-5347     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Urol.     Publication Date:  1999 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-03-18     Completed Date:  1999-03-18     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376374     Medline TA:  J Urol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  259-61; discussion 262     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatric Surgery, University of Bologna, S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Bladder Exstrophy / ultrasonography*
Prenatal Care*
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*

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