How are fetal abdominal cysts treated?
Most fetal abdominal cysts don’t need treatment before your baby is born. Sometimes they go away before birth. Otherwise, treatment can often wait until after birth.
Rarely, a cyst may need treatment before birth. Our fetal specialists perform a minimally invasive procedure to drain it. We use ultrasound to guide a needle through your abdomen into the cyst in your baby’s abdomen. We remove the fluid inside the cyst with a syringe.
After your baby is born, treatment options for abdominal cysts vary depending on the organ involved, the cyst’s size and whether it’s causing symptoms. Depending on your baby’s specific needs, treatment may include:
- Ultrasound monitoring determines whether the cyst is growing or going away on its own.
- Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy) removes large cysts, using several tiny incisions, a scope (narrow, flexible tube with a light and camera) and special instruments.
- Drain placement removes fluid from the cyst. Sometimes doctors also remove part of the cyst wall to help prevent it from filling up again.
Why choose Children’s Colorado for treatment of fetal abdominal cysts?
Learning that your baby may have fetal abdominal cysts may be upsetting, especially if there are other health problems. The Colorado Fetal Care Center offers the latest advances in treatment and care for babies with fetal abdominal cysts. Our team will monitor your baby and make sure they receive the best care for their unique needs.
Because our fetal care specialists are among the most experienced in the country, they can ensure that you and your baby are as healthy as possible. Read more about our fetal specialists and surgeons and their teams, who will help your family through this journey to a healthy delivery.
Make an appointment
To make an appointment at The Colorado Fetal Care Center, please call us at 720-777-4463.