Chronic fetal vascular access.


Journal Article

Intensive management of the fetus is limited by our inability to achieve access to the fetal circulation. Using laparoscopic surgery, we can maintain long-term access to the fetal circulation by extra-amniotic catheterisation of chorionic vessels in third-trimester monkeys and early-gestation sheep. We can sample fetal blood, continuously measure blood pressure, and infuse drugs without complications. Safe vascular access will permit assessment of fetal status during fetal surgical procedures and improve postoperative monitoring.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hedrick, MH; Jennings, RW; MacGillivray, TE; Rice, HE; Flake, AW; Adzick, NS; Harrison, MR

Published Date

  • October 30, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 342 / 8879

Start / End Page

  • 1086 - 1087

PubMed ID

  • 8105313

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8105313

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-6736

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0140-6736(93)92065-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England