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Palliative care for prenatally diagnosed lethal fetal abnormality

By A C G Breeze, C C Lees, A Kumar, H H Missfelder‐Lobos and E M Murdoch

Abstract

Diagnosis of lethal fetal abnormality raises challenging decisions for parents and clinicians. Most parents opt for termination, which may include feticide. Advances in imaging seem unlikely to lead to earlier diagnoses. Perinatal palliative care offers an alternative. Parental decision making and the clinical aspects of perinatal palliative care were studied after a prenatal diagnosis of lethal fetal abnormality in 20 pregnancies. 40% of parents chose to continue the pregnancy and pursue perinatal palliative care. Six of these eight babies were liveborn and lived for between 1½ h and 3 weeks

Topics: Short Report
Publisher: BMJ Group
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2675307
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