Vasa previa is a rare condition of pregnancy where a fetal blood vessel crosses over the maternal cervix. If unrecognized, it is extremely dangerous as the blood vessel can rupture during labor when the cervix dilates. Historically, there was less than a 50% newborn survival rate with this condition. However, when diagnosed before delivery, a cesarean delivery can be performed prior to labor, reducing the risk of this dreaded complication. In this study we demonstrated that a targeted ultrasound screening protocol used at Carnegie Imaging yielded a newborn survival rate of 100% in these patients.
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