Palliative Fetal Surgery for Diaphragmatic Hernia

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Congenital diaphragmatic hernia is associated with a poor prognosis in spite of advances in antenatal detection and newborn care.Open fetal surgery has been suggested as a strategy for salvaging selected fetuses at high risk for pulmonary hypoplasia as a result of this lesion. We report a strategy for palliative fetal surgery with definitive repair postponed to the newborn period. (AM J OBSTET GYNECOL 1994;170:833-4.)

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