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At Children's Hospital Colorado, we work to improve the health of moms and babies in our care, but also to create maternal fetal provider resources to advance the field across the country and beyond.
When pregnancies don't go according to plan, our maternal fetal medicine experts are here to provide expertise and guidance. In the videos below our providers discuss high-level care for specific conditions that you might not see on a consistent basis.
Approximately one in 3,000 pregnancies are affected by a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a fetal abnormality where the fetus' abdominal contents herniate into the thorax, resulting in pulmonary hyperplasia and pulmonary hypertension.
In this video, Michael Zaretsky, MD, Medical Director of the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children's Colorado, outlines CDH diagnosis guidelines, such as the measures maternal fetal medicine specialists should take in evaluating and making a CDH diagnosis. Dr. Zaretsky also discusses CDH treatment protocol for certain symptoms and situations.
Fetoscopic endoluminal tracheal occlusion (FETO) is an experimental treatment that some in the medical community hypothesize is an effective treatment for moderate to severe congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Researchers started studying the effectiveness of tracheal occlusion nearly 20 years ago, but early studies found that it was no more effective than conventional treatments for CDH and that it was associated with premature delivery. Research at that time was also not conducted with patients in the severest category of CDH. Current research on FETO, including studies performed at Children’s Colorado, focuses on patients with moderate to severe CDH by strict criteria.
In the following video, Dr. Zaretsky details the history of the FETO procedure, explains the procedure itself and discusses recent research findings. Watch the following video to learn about the latest in FETO research and our approach to exploring FETO with families.