Fetal Treatment Center

The UCSF Fetal Treatment Center is a world leader in diagnosing and treating birth defects before delivery. We performed the first successful open fetal surgery in 1981 and have more experience than any institution worldwide with both open and minimally invasive fetal surgery.

Our multidisciplinary approach – which includes fetal and pediatric surgeons, radiologists, perinatologists, neonatologists, cardiologists, urologists, geneticists, anesthesiologists, pediatric neurologists, pediatric neurosurgeons, nurses and social workers – ensures that our patients receive comprehensive care. We are also the only California hospital to offer a specialized clinic dedicated to long-term follow-up care for children with complex birth defects.

We treat the full range of fetal defects, including congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital heart disease, twin pregnancy complications such as twin-to-twin transfusion syndromespina bifida and genetic diseases that can be treated with stem cells. We pioneered many of the fetal surgeries currently in practice and are experts in open fetal surgery as well as less invasive methods, such as fetal endoscopic surgery (Fetendo) and image-guided fetal surgery.

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    Renal Anhydramnios Fetal Therapy

    The proportion of neonates who survive to successful dialysis as well as the exact confidence interval will be presented for CoBRA and FRF patients separately in the intervention group.


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    Pilot Trial of Fetoscopic Endoluminal Tracheal Occlusion (FETO) in Severe Left Congenital Diaph...

    Number of effective placements of balloon to occlude trachea via fetoscopy by performing Fetoscopic Endoluminal Tracheal Occlusion (FETO) in fetuses with severe left congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), as defined by lung to hea...


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    Surveillance and Treatment to Prevent Fetal Atrioventricular Block Likely to Occur Quickly (STO...

    The presence of NR (normal rhythm) will be determined by electrocardiogram (ECG)


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    Hydrops: Diagnosing & Redefining Outcomes With Precision Study

    Both NIHF and birth defects can be caused by a variety of genetic variants that researchers are continuing to learn more about. Exome sequencing will yield information about the specific genetic variants present in cases of NIHF a...


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    In Utero Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Alpha-thalassemia Major (ATM)

    Maternal participant tolerance of bone marrow harvest defined as not requiring interventions for preterm labor, bleeding, infection or prolonged hospitalization.


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    Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial of Fetal Atrial Flutter & Supraventricular Tachycardia Th...


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    Fetal Intervention for Aortic Stenosis and Evolving Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

    The primary outcome variable is fetal mitral valve and left ventricular growth due to successful balloon dilation, as determined by serial echocardiographic measurements


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    Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy (CHAP) Project

    One of more severe outcomes including fetal or neonatal death up to 2 weeks; preeclampsia with severe features (Severe hypertension and proteinuria or hypertension and severe features per ACOG); placental abruption; or indicated P...


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    Expanded NIPT for Pregnancy Complications


    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • n1-2x

      in number of fetal surgery clinical trials

    • 1st-2x

      successful open fetal surgery in the world

    • n7-2x

      in the nation for neonatology (U.S. News & World Report)

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    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Fetal Treatment Center Research

      Since its founding, the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center has been on the forefront of fetal therapy research. Together, researchers and doctors from many disciplines work to improve options for the smallest patients.

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