Fetal Medicine

Fetal Medicine

What is Fetal Medicine

Maternal fetal medicine/Perinatology/Fetal medicine is the branch of medicine that focuses on the management and care of the pregnant women’s health and the unborn fetus throughout the different pregnancy stages. Fetal medicine is the branch of science that focuses on diagnosis & treatment of fetal health can cure before, delivery or shortly after pregnancy.

Its offers advanced investigational therapeutic options to treat conditions before fetus or born.

What are the different conditions that are treated through fetal medicine?

A multidisciplinary team based approach if followed by the fetal medicine experts to help the women who are experiencing high risk pregnancies. Advanced imaging techniques are used to correctly diagnose prenatal birth defects in babies and subsequently connect the to-be parents with pediatric subspecialists and neonatologists in case of the same. Several conditions that are treated by this medicine field are as follows:

  • Chromosomal defects in babies
  • Fetal anemia
  • Abnormal apha-fetoprotein
  • Complex fetal or maternal cardiac diseases
  • Fetal arrhythmia
  • Gastroschisis
  • Acquired and inherited thrombophilias
  • Fetal bladder outlet obstruction
  • Spina bifida
  • Complicated pregnancies due to transplant or cancer
  • Twin twin transfusion syndrome
  • Lower urinary tract obstruction
  • Placenta previa
  • Acquired and inherited thrombophilias

What are the services that are included in Fetal medicine?

Fetal medicine experts at Accord offer fetal diagnosis, prenatal evaluation and treatment services for comprehensive all round care of babies and mothers through complex fetal conditions or in case of high risk pregnancies. Services offered under this specialty of medicine are as follows:

  • Prenatal screening: Prenatal screening refers to the testing of the foetus for conditions or diseases before they are born. These screening tests help in diagnosing diseases like Down’s Syndrome, open neural tube defects or Trisomy 18.
  • Fetal Diagnosis: There are several birth defects that can be detected even before the baby is born. Fetal medicine experts offer imaging and diagnostics services for early detection of the same.
  • Genetic Counseling: Fetal medicine experts also include genetic counselors who discuss the family history with the parents to be in case of special children or complicated genetic history. They explain the different diagnostic procedures in detail while giving you resources for the emotional support needed in these times.
  • High risk pregnancy management: High risk pregnancies require special management and care along with regular screening that is offered by the fetal medicine experts at Accord.
  • Fetal echo studies: This test includes fetal echocardiography which is similar to ultrasound with the only difference being usage of sound waves. These waves echo back from the structure of the foetus’ heart helping the doctor to correctly view the structure and function of the child’s heart. This helps in an early detection of any heart complications.
  • Amniocentesis: This is a special prenatal test in which a small amount of prenatal fluid is taken from the amniotic sac for testing. This is done through fine needle that is inserted through the abdomen in the uterus under the ultrasound guidance.

Reach out to Accord Fetal clinic to learn more about the specialized fetal and prenatal care and book an appointment with their team of specialists.

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