Craig T. Albanese, MD, MBA

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  • In utero repair of rectal atresia after complete resection of a sacrococcygeal teratoma FETAL DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY Chiba, T., Albanese, C. T., Jennings, R. W., Filly, R. A., Farrell, J. A., Harrison, M. R. 2000; 15 (3): 187-190


    A case of a fetus with a prenatally diagnosed sacrococcygeal teratoma that produced high-output cardiac failure, hydrops, rectal atresia, and urinary tract obstruction is presented. The unique prenatal surgical management along with the embryogenesis of tumor-related rectal atresia is discussed.A large fetal sacrococcygeal teratoma with a significant intrapelvic component was detected at routine ultrasound in a 35-year-old gravida 3 para 2. Fetal hydrops developed rapidly due to high-output cardiac failure from the vascular 'steal' by the growing tumor. The urinary tract was obstructed due to the intrapelvic tumors mass. At 27 weeks' gestation, the female fetus underwent hysterotomy, resection of the entire mass and urinary diversion via bilateral flank ureterostomies. The rectum was found to be completely atretic due to apparent encasement by the tumor. Pull-through anorectoplasty was carried out concurrently. At 30 weeks' gestation, the mother developed preterm labor and a 1.8-kg was delivered by cesarean section. The baby did very well for 3 days but had a cardiac arrest and died due to an atrial perforation by a transfemoral venous catheter.To our knowledge this is the first report of a complete prenatal resection of a sacrococcygeal teratoma with concomitant pull-through anorectoplasty for rectal atresia.

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