A case of tracheotomy using the Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment (EXIT) procedure in cooperation with multiple professions

Yasunori Asai, Hisayuki Kato, Kanetaka Horibe, Yusuke Hiei, Ichiro Tateya

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Abstract

In this study, we report a case of tracheotomy using the ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedure in a fetus that was pointed out as having bilateral giant cervical cysts at prenatal diagnosis and whose postnatal airway occlusion was predicted. The subject was a female aged 35. She was diagnosed with polyhydramnios at 28 weeks of pregnancy. The fetus was found to have a giant cervical cyst before she was referred to the department of obstetrics and gynecology of our hospital. On the second day of 37 weeks of pregnancy, oral tracheal intubation was attempted on the fetus using the EXIT procedure after the caesarean operation, but intubation was difficult resulting in a tracheotomy. The oxygenation of the fetus during the operation was maintained well without any postoperative complication. Postnatal fetal airway occlusion is a critical incident which may lead to the death of a fetus. It was assumed, however, that the airway management under the same procedure was completed by the preoperative detailed simulation with the staff of the departments of anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics as well as the operating room personnel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalFujita medical journal
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine
  • General Health Professions

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