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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

Chapter 51 - Tissue Engineering and the Fetus

from Fetal Stem Cell Transplantation


As the fetal domain becomes increasingly accessible for both diagnosis and therapy, so too has the field of regenerative medicine begun to expand into areas relevant to the fetus. With regards to congenital anomalies in the fetus and newborn, a paucity of tissue often precludes anatomical restorative surgery, and either artificial material or a non-anatomical conduit will be used to surgically repair the defect. Hence, a possibility exists for the field of tissue engineering to emerge as a therapeutic avenue for several congenital anomalies.