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Prenatal intervention: ethical considerations for life-threatening and non-life-threatening anomalies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11689995     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ethical issues in maternal-fetal surgery require special consideration because of the often-conflicting interests of the mother and fetus. Over the past 2 decades an ethical framework for fetal therapy and maternal-fetal surgery has been developed. This framework continues to evolve as new procedures are developed and new controversies arise. The most recent ethical challenge has been the application of maternal-fetal surgery to nonlethal fetal anomalies, specifically, repair of fetal myelomeningocele. Such procedures require early evaluation by randomized clinical trials to avoid premature dissemination of unproven therapy. These trials currently are being initiated, and the ethical framework for proceeding requires careful consideration. This review will summarize the current ethical issues and controversies in maternal-fetal surgery in the context of these new developments.
A W Flake
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in pediatric surgery     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1055-8586     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin. Pediatr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-11-05     Completed Date:  2001-12-18     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9216162     Medline TA:  Semin Pediatr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  212-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2001 by W.B. Saunders Company
Department of Surgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Congenital Abnormalities / surgery*
Ethics, Medical*
Fetus / surgery*
General Surgery
Informed Consent

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