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fetoscopy

 [fe-tos´kah-pe]
viewing of the fetus in utero by means of the fetoscope; this is now only rarely done, having been replaced by percutaneous umbilical blood sampling. adj., adj fetoscop´ic.

fe·tos·co·py

(fē-tos'kŏ-pē),
Use of a fiberoptic endoscope to view the fetus and the fetal surface of the placenta transabdominally, and also for collection of fetal blood from the umbilical vein for antenatal diagnosis of fetal disorders.

fetoscopy

[fētos′kəpē]
a procedure in which a fetus may be directly observed in utero, using a fetoscope introduced through a small incision in the abdomen under local anesthesia. Photographs may be taken, and amniotic fluid, fetal cells, or blood may be sampled for prenatal diagnosis of many congenital anomalies or genetic defects.

fetoscopy

Obstetrics An imaging technique in which a ultrasound-guided, 3 mm in diameter needle with an endoscope is inserted through the abdominal wall into the uterus to view a living fetus; fetoscopy can be performed in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy and carries a significant risk of fetal wastage, related to rupture of fetal membranes. Cf Embryoscopy.

fe·tos·co·py

(fē-tos'kŏ-pē)
Use of a fiberoptic endoscope to view the fetus and the fetal surface of the placenta transabdominally, and also for collection of fetal blood from the umbilical vein for prenatal diagnosis of fetal disorders.

fetoscopy

Visual examination of the fetus within the womb (uterus), by means of a fine fibre-optic viewing and illumination system passed into the amniotic fluid, through the wall of the uterus. Fetoscopy allows confirmation of physical abnormalities. There is a small risk of causing abortion.

fetoscopy

viewing of the fetus in utero by means of the fetoscope.
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Nathan, whose research in fetoscopy has resulted in prenatal diagnosis of sickle cell disease and Cooley's anemia, has urged that no research procedure be permitted which might damage the fetus, since such research could seriously affect a pregnant woman's decision about whether to proceed with the abortion.
Ezra Davidson, who performed the unethical fetoscopy experiment of 1979, to advise it on ethical issues.
Not only does the technology of fetoscopy seem to validate these long-standing images of the womb, so does - as Adams was surprised to discover - some twentieth-century speculative feminist fiction.
Adams links the modern physician, brandishing the supposedly revolutionary techniques of fetoscopy and ultrasound, with the ancient philosopher who helped the poor benighted soul out of the cave of illusion.
Something happens in the "nine-months-long embrace of pregnancy," she writes, that is essential to both mother and child even if it is beyond language and inaccessible to the visual knowledge of fetoscopy and ultrasound: "The mother cannot be replaced by an inanimate womb without negating a sensual relationship that is essential perhaps because it evolves before the child's memory takes hold.
It's the combination of Adams' insights and Women's Ways of Knowing that helps me understand how the physician, with the tools of ultrasound and fetoscopy, is so easily assumed to have more valid knowledge about a fetus than the mother, who knows the fetus intimately through touch and rhythmic sound.
In some rare instances, the equalization of liquor on both sides of the membrane has resulted in balance of blood flow in the vessels and continuation of the pregnancy (8) with favorable outcome similar to the principle of therapeutic amniotomy which was performed prior to the advent of laser fetoscopy.
Ramen Chmait, MD, assistant professor of OB-GYN at USC and Director of Fetal Therapy and Minimally Invasive Fetal Surgery at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, performs operative fetoscopy and other innovative fetal surgical procedures.
a world leader in diagnostic and operative minimally invasive endoscopic technology, announces that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) for the company's Fetoscopy Instrument Sets used for selective laser photocoagulation (S-LPC) to treat fetuses with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a rare disorder of the placenta that affects identical twin pregnancies.
Using the Fetoscopy Instrument Set, physicians may be able to prolong the pregnancy to improve the odds of survival and reduce the likelihood of complications for one or both twins.
The KARL STORZ Fetoscopy Instrument Sets will be marketed under the FDA's Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) program, which encourages development of medical devices intended to treat or diagnose a disease or condition affecting fewer than 4,000 people in the U.
Technological and design improvements in this new generation of fetoscopic equipment will allow improved visualization and a less invasive approach to selective laser therapy for TTTS that will undoubtedly result in improved survivals and clinical outcomes in these children," says Mark Paul Johnson MD, Director of Obstetrical Services, Center for Fetal Diagnosis & Treatment, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Principal Investigator in clinical studies involving the Fetoscopy Instrument Set at that facility.