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Advances in Therapies for Mother and Baby

Highlights from the 2017 Fetal to Neonatal Care Conference: Advances in Therapies for Mother and Baby

The first Fetal to Neonatal Care conference, hosted by Midwest Fetal Care Center, brought together experts in fetal and perinatal medicine to promote knowledge of advanced interventions and therapies. Read more for a few highlights.

Urinary Tract Dilation

Urinary tract dilation occurs when part of the unborn baby’s urinary tract swells (dilates) abnormally with excessive amounts of urine. The swelling is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the urinary tract, which stops or slows the urine from leaving the baby’s body. Untreated, the condition can lead to kidney damage (renal dysplasia). In its most severe form, when no urine exits the baby, the condition can also lead to underdeveloped lungs (pulmonary hypoplasia).

Grand Rounds: Extracorporeal support of the premature infant – Extending fetal physiology beyond the womb

November 2, 2017, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., Minneapolis

Alan W. Flake, MD, FACS, FAAP

Oligohydraminos

What is oligohydraminos?

Selective intrauterine growth restriction

What is selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR)?

The Great Candy Run

October 14, 2017, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., St. Paul

The Great Candy Run is an event to raise funds for and awareness of fetal syndromes and is coming to the land of 10,000 lakes. Participants and spectators alike will enjoy the fun and fast 5K course designed with walkers and runners in mind, a family festival featuring games, activity stations, face painting, great refreshments, giveaways and much more.

Intestinal Atresia

Intestinal atresia (ah-TREE-zha) is a term used to describe a broad spectrum of birth defects that result in a blockage in either the small or large intestine.  During normal fetal development, the intestines remain unobstructed, allowing contents from the stomach to flow freely through the baby’s digestive tract (Figure 1). When a blockage (atresia) occurs, however, the intestines lose some or all of their ability to absorb nutrients and to push food and fluids through the baby’s digestive tract.

Duodenal atresia

During normal fetal development the duodendum — the upper part of the small intestine — remains unobstructed, allowing contents from the stomach to flow freely through the baby’s digestive tract (Figure 1). Duodenal atresia (DWAH-de-nal ah-TREE-zha) is a condition that occurs when a portion of the duodenum doesn’t form. This condition results in a blockage (atresia) that stops food or fluid from leaving the baby’s stomach (Figure 2).

Esophageal Atresia

Tracheoesphageal fistula (TRAY-key-oh-ee-SOF-ah-GEE-all FIS-chu-la) and esophageal atresia (ee-SOF-ah-GEE-all ah-TREE-zha) are birth defects that affect parts of the upper digestive tract. Most of the time, these conditions occur together.

William Starks being pushed on a swing

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