Fetal Shunting

What is fetal shunting?

Rarely, some fetuses have excess fluid in dangerous places like too much urine in a lower urinary tract obstruction (blocked bladder) or pleural effusions (fluid around the lungs).

Describe the procedure

We treat babies with excessive fluid in their bladders, chests or other locations by using a needle to place a shunt (small drainage tube from the baby’s body to the fluid around the baby) to allow life-saving drainage.

Who is a good candidate for fetal shunting?

If ultrasound evaluation notes excess fluid in the baby’s bladder or around the lungs, your physician will discuss treatment options with you.