Saturday, December 1, 2012

Prenatal Surgery For Tumor in Unborn Child

A Miami girl, Lyna Gonzalez, underwent a never-before-done surgery that saved her life – while she was just seventeen weeks in the womb. Today, the only sign of the operation is a slight scar on her lip.

The May 2010 procedure removed an oral teratoma, a tennis ball-sized benign tumor that had formed on Lyna’s mouth. When Lyna’s condition was first diagnosed doctors were sure the baby would be stillborn or would need life support and numerous surgeries after birth. The mother’s gynecologist suggested aborting the little girl.

But the parents’ research led them to Dr. Ruben Quintero, a University of Miami/Jackson Memorial fetal surgeon. With a record number of breakthroughs in prenatal procedures, Quintero – along with Dr. Eftichia Kontopoulos – led an ultrasound-guided surgery, using an endoscope to remove the tumor. Read the entire story.

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