This article is about a surgical technique. For the fetal stethoscope, see
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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