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Girl who had surgery to correct bronchial atresia in utero is healthy

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2193 (Published 20 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2193
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

A multidisciplinary team of fetal medicine specialists and paediatric surgeons from two hospitals in Spain have carried out what is believed to be the first intrauterine surgical correction of a bronchial atresia.

The patient was a baby girl with a congenital total obstruction of the intermediate bronchus of the right lung that was endangering her life, the doctors explained in a press conference in Barcelona on 12 March.

Weighing just 800 g, she underwent the operation at 26 weeks of gestational age at the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. The operation was carried out by …

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