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Ethical Aspects of Fetal Heart Interventions

  • Patrizia SaliceEmail author
  • Nicola Persico
  • Carlo Casalone
  • Salvatore Natoli
  • Federico Lombardi
Chapter

Abstract

The treatment of fetuses with altered cardiovascular physiology due to critical valvular stenosis or atresia is a complex clinical situation involving several ethical issues. Since the indications and measurement of success of these procedures have jet to be fully established, it is important to continue evaluating the language used in clinical and in ethical discourse in order to form clear definitions that will help both parents and physicians to make the most educated decision. It is mandatory to remaind the limit of the medicine, of ethical reasoning and of language.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrizia Salice
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicola Persico
    • 2
  • Carlo Casalone
    • 3
  • Salvatore Natoli
    • 4
  • Federico Lombardi
    • 5
  1. 1.Perinatal and Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease AreaFondazione Policlinico IRCCSMilanItaly
  2. 2.Interventional Foetal UnitObstetric Clinic Mangiagalli Fondazione Policlinico IRCCSMilanItaly
  3. 3.Theological EthicsPontifical Theological FacultySouthern Italy, NaplesItaly
  4. 4.Theoretical Philosophy and Social EthicsUniversity of Milan BicoccaMilanItaly
  5. 5.Cardiology, Fondazione Policlinico IRCCSUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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