The objective of this study is to assess the effectiveness and safety of intrafetal vascular laser ablation (VLA) for fetuses with bronchopulmonary sequestration (BPS) with hydrops.
First, we present 3 cases of fetuses with BPS and hydrops treated by VLA. Second, we aimed to conduct a narrative review to identify all reported cases of fetuses with BPS treated by intrafetal VLA.
The review of the literature identified 41 fetuses treated by VLA for BPS with hydrops. The median gestational age of the VLA was 27+0 weeks’ gestation [25+0-31+0] with an associated procedure at the same time in 43% of the cases (pleuroamniotic shunt, thoracentesis, and amniodrainage). A second procedure was required in 25% of cases for residual flow in the feeding vessel. No stillbirth or neonatal death was reported. The complications reported were a fetal thoracic hematoma complicated by fetal anemia and 4 preterm deliveries with a rate of 9%.
VLA of the feeding vessel can be an effective treatment but is not without complications. In cases demonstrating cardiac output failure, intrafetal VLA should be considered as a treatment for BPS.
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