Treating a tumor inside a fetus

30Mar12

THORACOAMNIOTIC SHUNT PROCEDURE SHRINKS TUMOR

In early 2008, doctors at the Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, encountered a challenging case in which the lives of both a pregnant woman and the baby she was carrying were at risk.

The woman’s six and a half month-old fetus had a benign tumor the size of a small orange in the chest cavity. The tumor was taking up 4/5 of the baby’s still undeveloped chest cavity, hampering the growth of the lungs and putting tremendous pressure on the heart.

A team of four specialists used a thoracoamniotic shunt in a tumor decompression procedure that lasted less than two hours and put both mother and child out of harm’s way. This interactive graphic shows how the procedure was done.

Click here to view interactive graphic.


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MORE INTERACTIVES:

TREATING GUNSHOT WOUNDS    /   FIXING TOYOTA’S STICKY GAS PEDAL

TURNING BACK THE ASIAN CARP

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Interactive graphic by Alfred Elicierto. Published in jsonline.com, news Web site of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, on April 13, 2008.

Source: Sean Tutton, interventional radiologist, Froedtert Hospital

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The cost of ever-expanding cities
A new-look Gardiner Expressway
Navigating the St. Lawrence Seaway locks
How the Amazon was formed

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