Advanced Fetal Care Center | Conditions and Treatments

Airway Obstruction

Most incidences of accidental child strangulation, suffocation and choking occur in the home. As a parent, extra care should be taken to childproof your house for young children, keeping in mind that...

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Ambiguous Genitalia

When a baby is born, "girl or boy?" is the question on the tip of everyone's tongues. Discovering that your newborn has ambiguous genitalia can be emotionally traumatizing and confusing for you and...

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Aortic valve stenosis

What is aortic valve stenosis? The term “stenosis” describes an abnormal narrowing within a structure of the body. Aortic valve stenosis, therefore, refers to the narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve...

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Bladder Exstrophy and Epispadias

What is bladder exstrophy? Bladder exstrophy is a rare, complex birth defect involving the urinary, reproductive and intestinal tracts, as well as the musculoskeletal system. During a baby’s...

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Cervical Teratoma

Overview A cervical teratoma is a very rare congenital tumor in the neck. These tumors tend to be large, disfiguring masses — partly solid and partly fluid They make it impossible for a newborn to...

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Cleft lip and cleft palate

"Here at Boston Children's Hospital, our training, experience and commitment to innovative care with compassion have made us a national leader in the care of children and adolescents with cleft lip...

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Cloacal Deformities

What is a cloacal deformity? A cloacal deformity is a type of anorectal malformation that occurs during fetal development of the lower abdominal structures in girls. In a cloacal deformity, the rectum...

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If your child has been diagnosed with a clubfoot, you’ll have concerns and questions about his health, treatment, recovery and other issues. It may comfort you to know that Boston Children's Hospital...

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Down Syndrome

Medical treatments and developmental and educational therapies can help children with Down syndrome reach their fullest potential. When you have a child with Down syndrome, we understand that you may...

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Esophageal Atresia

Esophageal atresia (EA) is a rare birth defect in which a baby is born without part of the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach). About 1 in 4,000 babies in the U.S. is born with...

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What is gastroschisis? Gastroschisis is a condition affecting newborns in which an opening in the abdominal wall fails to close during fetal development. Gastroschisis occurs in about 1 in every 5,000...

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What is hydronephrosis? Hydronephrosis is a condition, affecting about 1 in 100 babies, where urine overfills or backs up into the kidney, causing the kidney to swell. Infants with hydronephrosis may...

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Lymphatic Malformation

A lymphatic malformation (LM) is a sponge-like collection of abnormal growths that contain clear fluid. probably caused by a developmental error in the womb no known food, medication, or activity...

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Overview Parents of a child with an omphalocele An omphalocele is a birth defect in which some of your baby's abdominal organs protrude through an opening in her abdominal muscles in the area of her...

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Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)

What is tetralogy of Fallot? Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a serious, congenital heart defect, affecting about two in 10,000 babies. In TOF, the abnormal connections prevent enough oxygen-poor (blue)...

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At Boston Children’s Hospital, we understand that if your infant or child has been diagnosed with a ureterocele, you and your family are under stress. So we’ll approach your child’s treatment with...

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