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Division of Fetal Medicine

The Division of Fetal Medicine undertakes specialized diagnosis of fetal complications and disease, and manages treatment and fetal medical care.

Medical services

Our division is made up of three staff, and three to five residents and fellows. The division encompasses obstetrics, neonatology, pediatric surgery, cardiology, radiology, pediatric neurosurgery, urology, and anesthesiology. We cooperate with each specialized division to provide the best prenatal management and treatment, as well as postnatal treatment.
As maternal age has been increasing in Japan in recent years, there has been a growing interest in prenatal diagnosis of fetal chromosome abnormalities. In 2013, our division began providing noninvasive prenatal genetic testing (NIPT) and in 2014 we established several prenatal genetic diagnosis clinics. Our clinics provide genetic counseling and a prenatal diagnosis of genetic disease in the fetus, including chromosome abnormalities.

Diagnosis and treatment policy

The mission of our division is to offer the best medical care for intrauterine fetuses through prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy.

Specialties & target diseases

  • Fetoscopic laser photocoagulation for twinto- twin transfusion syndrome (42 cases in 2018)
  • Radiofrequency ablation for twin reversed arterial perfusion sequence (4cases in 2018)
  • Thoracoamniotic shunting for fetal pleural effusion (6 cases in 2018)
  • Ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) for cervical tumors (20 cases in 2018)
  • Prenatal diagnosis: screening for fetal congenital anomaly and fetal disease, heredity counseling We diagnose various fetal diseases using detailed ultrasonography, fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and chromosome tests with amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling.

Advanced/specialized treatments

  • Fetal endoscopic tracheal occlusion for congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Prenatal therapy for fetal tachyarrhythmia
  • Noninvasive prenatal genetic testing (NIPT)

Frequently performed tests

Fetal ultrasonography, fetal MRI, chromosome tests with amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, Nuchal Translucency (NT) tests, maternal serum screening, combined tests

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