Management of Fetal Lung Lesions

Among the many issues clinicians face today, staying current with advances in prenatal diagnosis, perinatal management and surgical repair of congenital anomalies is becoming a major challenge. This enduring material continuing education activity will provide participants a foundation and framework for confidently identifying challenging prenatal lung anomalies and determining appropriate level of perinatal management. Each session in this course incorporates evidence-based diagnostic techniques, current options and criteria for fetal intervention, considerations for appropriate delivery planning, and guidelines for neonatal and pediatric surgical management. The intent is to enhance clinicians’ skill in diagnosing, counseling and managing pregnancies complicated by these anomalies and caring for neonates with these defects.

This enduring material continuing education activity is intended to meet the educational needs and practice skills of maternal-fetal medicine physicians, obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, pediatricians, family practitioners, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, genetic counselors, social workers and case managers.

Upon completion of this enduring material, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall the differential diagnosis for fetal lung lesions
  2. Identify fetal chest mass pathophysiology that results in life-threatening complications in-utero and at birth
  3. Review current strategies for perinatal management of pregnancies complicated by a fetal lung lesion
  4. Recognize how to better decide the need for open fetal surgery vs. less invasive approaches including fetoscopy as they pertain to fetal lung lesions
  5. Identify maternal and fetal indications for fetal surgery
  6. Describe specific postnatal surgical management options for fetal chest masses including timing and criteria for resection

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia designates this enduring material for a maximum 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Advanced Practice Nurse and Registered Nurse Participation

Advanced practice providers (APP), nurses and respiratory therapists who complete this enduring material educational activity will need to follow the instructions in the “Method of Participation” section and will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion, which may be used for re-licensure and re-certification. For further information, please contact Kathleen Monforto, PhD, MSN, RN, CPN, Education Nurse Specialist, at monforto@email.chop.edu.