Fetoscopy

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This article is about a surgical technique. For the fetal stethoscope, see Pinard horn.
Fetoscopy
Intervention
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Fetal endoscope
ICD-9-CM 75.31
MeSH D005332

Fetoscopy is an endoscopic procedure during pregnancy to allow access to the fetus, the amniotic cavity, the umbilical cord, and the fetal side of the placenta. A small (3–4 mm) incision is made in the abdomen, and an endoscope is inserted through the abdominal wall and uterus into the amniotic cavity. Fetoscopy allows medical interventions such as a biopsy or a laser occlusion of abnormal blood vessels. The field of surgical fetoscopy was developed by Dr. Ruben Quintero.[1][2]

Non-surgical fetoscopy[edit]

"Fetoscopy" may also refer to a Doppler ultrasound method of fetal development monitoring. A Pinard horn, a type of stethoscope, is used to monitor fetal heart rate, and is considered a type of fetoscope.

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  1. ^ Sarah B. Pilchick (2009-01-21). "Renowned surgeon Ruben Quintero joins Miller Faculty". The Miami Hurricane. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  2. ^ Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Dr. Ruben Quintero | Our Team | Fetal Therapy Center at UM/Jackson at Miller School of Medicine". Obgyn.med.miami.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 

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