A Review of Fetal Thoracoamniotic & Vesicoamniotic Shunt Procedures


  • Casey L. Gregory,

    Corresponding author
    • Correspondence

      Casey L. Gregory BS, RDMS, Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104. gregoryc@email.chop.edu

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  • Jane Wright,

  • Jessica Schwarz,

  • Laura Rakowski

  • The authors report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships.


Fetal anomalies such as lower urinary tract obstructions and fluid-filled space-occupying lesions in the fetal chest can result in severe morbidity or mortality if left untreated. In-utero fetal shunt placement offers the potential to improve outcomes in infants with these conditions. The role of the nurse is paramount in the clinical and psychosocial management of the mother and family.