Fetal Pharmacology and Therapy
Major progresses have been made in recent years in investigating fetal disorders. Echography now allows precise diagnosis of congenital malformations (such as digestive, urinary tract or cardiac abnormalities). Diagnosis of abnormal karyotype is possible with chorion biopsy, amniocentesis or fetal blood sampling. Such procedures have their own complications but their frequency is reduced in experienced hands. The therapeutic decision of whether to carry on pregnancy and to treat fetal diseases or to induce abortion is obviously a matter of individual cases and differences in legislation in various countries.
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