Expert Care for Fetal Conditions

Fetal conditions are disorders that affect the health of an unborn baby, such as birth defects. Many of these conditions cause health problems after birth. Treatment is often necessary to improve the child’s well-being and health. Prompt treatment may help avoid immediate and long-term complications — and can be lifesaving.

At San Martín Hospital, our maternal fetal medicine specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating fetal conditions in Las Vegas, NV. In case a complication occurs after birth, we have a Level II NICU, and our Siena Hospital in Henderson, NV, has a Level III NICU, the highest level of care.

Causes of Fetal Conditions

Common causes of fetal conditions include:

  • Infection
  • Chromosomal or genetic abnormalities
  • Exposure to certain environmental conditions, toxins, and medications
  • Tobacco, Illicit drug, and alcohol use during pregnancy

Sometimes, there is no known cause for a fetal condition.

Common Symptoms of Fetal Conditions

Some symptoms of fetal conditions can be seen and diagnosed before the baby is born. Others are not obvious or diagnosed until after birth.

Signs and symptoms of fetal conditions include:

  • Brain damage
  • Vision, hearing, coordination, and movement problems
  • Missing or deformed limbs or organs
  • Difficulty eating or breathing

Symptoms and their severity vary depending on the type of fetal condition.

Types of Fetal Conditions

Musculoskeletal System (Muscles, Joints, & Bones)

  • Orthopedic abnormalities
  • Skeletal dysplasias
  • Sacrococcygeal teratomas

Heart & Lungs

  • Hypoplastic left heart
  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Pleural effusions
  • Transposition of the great vessels
  • Lung masses

Digestive System

  • Jaundice
  • Gastroschisis
  • Omphalocele
  • Meckel diverticulum

Brain & Nervous System

  • Phenylketonuria
  • Hydrocephaly
  • Anencephaly
  • Meningomyelocele
  • Hydrops fetalis
  • Spina bifida
  • Neural tube defects

Other Fetal Conditions

  • Urinary tract obstruction
  • Cleft palate and lip
  • Amniotic band syndrome
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Cystic hygroma
  • Infectious complications
  • Fetal anemia

Our team at San Martín Hospital is dedicated to providing world-class care for mothers with high-risk pregnancies that may result in birth defects or other fetal conditions.

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