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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viewing of the fetus in utero by means of the fetoscope; this is now only rarely done, having been replaced by percutaneous umbilical blood sampling.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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