A grape-sized infant was successfully balloon-dilated at AIIMS Delhi in the mother’s womb.
A 28-year-old woman who was pregnant but had already experienced three miscarriages was admitted to the hospital. After the doctors informed the parents of the child’s cardiac problem and received their agreement for the treatment in an effort to enhance the result, the parents expressed a desire to prolong the present pregnancy.
The Cardiothoracic Sciences Centre, AIIMS, handled the procedure. The treatment was successfully completed by the team of interventional cardiologists and foetal medicine experts.
According to a group of medical professionals from AIIMS’s Department of Cardiology & Cardiac Anesthesia and Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Fetal medicine), “Both the mother and the foetus are recovering nicely from the treatment. To eventually decide how to handle the kid moving forward, the medical specialists are keeping an eye on the development of the heart chambers.”
“It is possible to diagnose some severe heart conditions while the baby is still inside the mother. Sometimes, treating them while the kid is still within the womb will enhance their chances of surviving birth and developing nearly normally “The team went on to say.
The operation to open a blocked valve in a baby’s heart is known as balloon dilation.
We inserted a needle into the baby’s heart through the mother’s abdomen while using ultrasound guidance to guide the process. The blocked valve was then opened using a balloon catheter to increase blood flow. The senior surgeon said, “We expect and hope that the baby’s heart will develop better and the heart condition will be less severe at delivery.
The doctor warned that such a procedure carries a potential risk to the fetus’s life and should be carried out with extreme caution.
Such a method is extremely difficult since it may potentially endanger the life of a foetus that is being created very carefully. Everything must be completed while being guided by ultrasonography.
Typically, we perform all of our surgeries under an angiogram, however this cannot be done. Under the supervision of ultrasound, everything must be done. After that, you need to act swiftly to avoid puncturing the main heart chamber. Thus the infant will pass away if something goes wrong. The top physician from the Cardiothoracic Sciences Centre team at AIIMS stated that it needed to happen quickly, shoot, dilate, and come out.
He continued, “We did measure the timing, and it was only 90 seconds.
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