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Research in Fetal Therapy

The UCSF Fetal Treatment Center has been on the forefront of fetal treatment research since it's inception. The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF over 2 decades ago and we continue to dedicate ourselves to research and innovation.

Fetal Treatment Center in the News

Current Omphalocele Research

  • Incidence of chromosomal anomalies related to defect size
  • Prognostic factors in giant omphalocele

Current General Fetal Treatment Research

  • Preterm Labor Factors in Patients Undergoing Fetal Surgery -

    Study analyzing fetal surgery and preterm labor.

  • Maternal Outcomes of Fetal Surgery -

    Study analyzing the maternal risks of fetal surgical interventions.


    Golombeck K, Ball RH, Lee H, Farrell JA, Farmer DL, Jacobs VR, Rosen MA, Filly RA, Harrison MR. Maternal morbidity after maternal-fetal surgery. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Mar;194(3):834-9.

  • Adhesive and Tensile Properties of Amniotic Membranes -

    Examination of a novel preventive “presealant” to protect amniotic membranes during fetal surgery.


    Cortes RA, Wagner AJ, Lee H, Clifton MS, Grethel E, Yang SH, Ball R, Harrison MR. Pre-emptive placement of a presealant for amniotic access. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Sep;193(3 Pt 2):1197-203

  • Evaluation of Thoracoscopic and Laparoscopic Techniques for Pediatric and Fetal Congenital Defects -

    Study evaluting recent advances in fetal treatment.


    Cortes RA, Farmer DL. Recent advances in fetal surgery. Semin Perinatol. 2004 Jun;28(3):199-211.

    Ball RH. Invasive fetal testing. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Apr;16(2):159-62

Last Updated: 11/24/2009
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Baby Sarah Elizabeth has a very successful recovery from an SCT which is removed while she is still a fetus.

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