Fetal Surgery for Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (SCT)

Babies with a prenatally diagnosed sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT) who develop fetal hydrops may have lifesaving fetal surgery to remove the tumor before birth. At CHOP, fetal surgery, your baby’s delivery and postnatal care all happen in one facility.

Reshaping a Life: Teratomas

Why Choose Us?

Our fetal surgery experts are pioneers in fetal medicine with the greatest collective experience in the world. Learn about our surgical expertise, multidisciplinary team approach, and commitment to patient safety that means the best outcomes for your baby.


Next Steps
Pregnant Mom and Child

Choosing a Fetal Treatment Center

Know what questions to ask when considering fetal surgery so you can make an informed decision that is right for you and your baby.

Pregnant Mom and Child

What to Expect

From the moment of referral through delivery and postnatal care, your family can expect a supportive experience when you come to us with a diagnosis of a birth defect.


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