Anesthesia & Analgesia: August 2016 – Volume 123 – Issue 2 – p 411–417
AUTHORS: Lin, Elaina E. MD et
The anesthetic management for open fetal surgery has been described, but many therapeutic tenets have not been supported with data. We present data on the anesthetic management and outcomes of 65 patients undergoing ex utero intrapartum therapy procedures at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia between 1998 and 2011. Patients were identified, and medical records were retrospectively reviewed. Maternal general anesthesia combined with postoperative epidural analgesia was commonly used. High levels of volatile anesthetic were used for uterine relaxation. Case characteristics such as fetal procedure, operative time, blood loss, transfusion requirements, vasopressor use, and fetal resuscitative measures are described.