Fetoscopic temporary tracheal occlusion by means of detachable balloon for congenital diaphragmatic hernia.


Journal Article

Occlusion of the fetal trachea blocks the egress of fetal lung fluid and stimulates the growth of hypoplastic lungs in fetuses with diaphragmatic hernia. Accomplishing temporary and reversible occlusion of the fetal trachea has proven difficult without invasive fetal surgery. Using simultaneous real-time ultrasonography and fetal bronchoscopy through a single uterine port, we placed a detachable balloon in the trachea of 2 fetuses with severe diaphragmatic hernia. In both fetuses the fetal lung subsequently enlarged, allowing survival after birth.

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Cited Authors

  • Harrison, MR; Albanese, CT; Hawgood, SB; Farmer, DL; Farrell, JA; Sandberg, PL; Filly, RA

Published Date

  • September 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 185 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 730 - 733

PubMed ID

  • 11568805

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11568805

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-6868

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9378

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1067/mob.2001.117344


  • eng