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March 07, 2018 | Jimmy Espinoza, MD

Texas Children’s Fetal Center® is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of a rare birth defect called lower urinary tract obstruction, also known as LUTO or bladder outlet obstruction. LUTO occurs in around 2.2 of every 10,000 births, usually in males.

LUTO is a partial or complete blockage of the urethra, the tube that allows urine to exit the bladder and empty into the amniotic sac.

Babies require amniotic fluid for proper lung maturity following birth. In a baby with severe LUTO, lower levels of amniotic fluid could lead to underdeveloped lungs – a serious condition called pulmonary hypoplasia. Since the urethra is obstructed, urine overfills in the...

February 28, 2018 | Kylee Matthews, mother of patient

We went in for my 22-week ultrasound on March 29, 2017. To describe how we were feeling…excited was an understatement. We already knew the baby’s gender at the 13-week mark, but this was the sonogram that would confirm the baby was indeed a boy. It was instantly confirmed; we were having a boy! When we received this exciting update, we were brought down quickly by some other unexpected news. I will never forget the look on our ultrasound technician’s face when she was performing the sonogram. She stopped speaking to us, and was wearing a concerned expression. When she finished the sonogram, she escorted us to a tiny, cold room, and told us a physician would come in soon to...

February 21, 2018 | Wayne J. Franklin, MD

Heart disease during pregnancy can present a wide spectrum of potential issues. From simple cardiac complications like palpitations, or heart “fluttering,” to advanced heart failure eventually requiring hospitalization, heart conditions in pregnant women can be complex and dangerous. Some symptoms may arise from the regular changes that take place during a normal pregnancy, such as extra heartbeats and shortness of breath due to the growth of the placenta and uterus. However, it’s vital for your physician to recognize when something is out of the ordinary.

Several safe, non-invasive tests can be performed to help clarify a potential cardiac diagnosis. An...

February 13, 2018 | Megan Storheim, mother of patient

It was like any other beautiful, sunny day in Texas. My husband and I had just settled down in Texas, and we couldn’t wait for this day. It was time for my 20-week pregnancy scan, and just like any other expecting parents, we couldn’t wait to find out if we were having a little boy or girl. This was our first baby together, so it’s safe to assume we were pretty excited.

We arrived to our appointment to begin the ultrasound, and I remember the technician asking if we would like to know the gender of the baby. We both said “yes!” The technician started the scan and almost immediately said “congratulations, you’re having a girl.” We were ecstatic. However, the scan...

February 07, 2018 | Rachel Pope, MD, MPH

Photo by Smiley Pool Photography 

Elon Musk is building a rocket to transport people to Mars and a supersonic rail to make traveling long distances on this planet less time-consuming and more environmentally friendly. Biomedical engineers are using 3-D printers to create intricate parts needed in a moment’s notice in surgery. Anyone with a smart phone can order items from books to clothing to gourmet food and have it delivered in less than an hour. We are living in incredible times of innovations all to make life simply better. Yet with all of these incredible advances, we still have not...

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