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  • Edited by Olutoyin A. Olutoye, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Illinois
Cambridge University Press
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November 2021
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With advances in ultrasound, birth defects are increasingly detected during pregnancy and may be amenable to surgical correction before delivery, to improve outcomes. This essential book discusses the different birth defects that can be treated during pregnancy and the important anesthetic considerations for the mother and fetus undergoing these procedures. Experts in the fields of anesthesiology, maternal fetal medicine, surgery, and pediatrics have come together to develop the content of this book. Enhanced throughout with full color images and illustrations, the book covers important topics such as spina bifida, twin-twin transfusion syndrome, sacrococcygeal teratoma, and lung masses, as well as fetal cardiac intervention, intrauterine transfusion, ex utero intrapartum treatment, and multidisciplinary approaches to fetal surgery. An invaluable guide for pediatric and obstetric anesthesiologists, anesthesiology, obstetrics, and surgical trainees, nurse anesthetists, and maternal-fetal medicine specialists.


'During the past three decades, the rationale and feasibility of in utero repair of birth defects has been established arising from the clinical frustration in caring for newborn babies with problems that were 'too late to correct'. This book, ably edited by Dr. Olutoyin Olutoye, has succeeded in comprehensively elucidating the maternal and fetal anesthetic considerations within the exciting field of fetal surgery. The authorship of the thirteen chapters is a star-studded array of experts.  Whether you are a dedicated maternal-fetal anesthesiologist or simply an interested 'bystander' curious about fetal intervention, it is fascinating to read the well-written chapters beginning with the Physiology of Pregnancy and ending with Ex Utero Intrapartum Therapy, the latter an appropriate EXIT to this must-have book!'

N. Scott Adzick - MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, C. Everett Koop Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Founder and Director of the Richard D. Wood Jr. Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment

‘… I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would … the content was engaging, and I learnt a lot. I would definitely recommend this book.’

Nicola Stroud Source: The Journal of Perioperative Practice

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