Fetal surgery and general anesthesia: A case report and review

Mark D. Johnson, David J. Birnbach, Cory Burchman, Michael F. Greene, Sanjay Dattaa, Gerard W. Ostheimer

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Fetal surgery, in utero, is now a viable option for some congenital conditions due to recent advances in ultrasound and microsurgical technology. Previous reports of anesthesia for such procedures have focused on spinal or epidural conduction techniques. General endotracheal anesthesia may have several advantages in this setting. In addition to maternal anesthesia, general anesthesia can provide fetal neuromuscular block (without direct fetal injection of blocking agents) and uterine relaxation. It may also blunt fetal response to surgical stimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-367
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • fetal diseases
  • fetal surgery
  • fetal viability
  • fetus
  • General anesthesia
  • neuromuscular blocking agents
  • obstetrics
  • regional anesthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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