Dr Ahmet Baschat, a member of the Fetal Health Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board, and Dr. Jena Miller, the 2015 Recipient of the Brianna Marie Memorial Research grant are co-authors of a new Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy study that gives hope to families experiencing a diagnosis of fetal congenital diaphragmatic hernia.  The condition is rare, and the consequences can be serious. The team is seeing success with a new treatment method

“FETO — fetoscopic tracheal balloon occlusion — is a minimally invasive procedure in which a fetoscope is inserted through the abdominal wall into the uterus and then into the mouth of the fetus to place an inflatable balloon, to temporarily block the fetal trachea. The blockage allows lung fluids to build up behind the balloon, encouraging expansion of the airways and lung growth. The procedure improves the odds that fetuses with severe CDH acquire sufficient lung function after birth to lead a normal life.”

Read more:

FETO News Release
FETO study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology

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