Ethical language and decision-making for prenatally diagnosed lethal malformations

@inproceedings{Wilkinson2014EthicalLA,
  title={Ethical language and decision-making for prenatally diagnosed lethal malformations},
  author={Dominic Jc Wilkinson and Lachlan De crespigny and Vicki Xafis},
  booktitle={Seminars in fetal & neonatal medicine},
  year={2014}
}
In clinical practice, and in the medical literature, severe congenital malformations such as trisomy 18, anencephaly, and renal agenesis are frequently referred to as 'lethal' or as 'incompatible with life'. However, there is no agreement about a definition of lethal malformations, nor which conditions should be included in this category. Review of outcomes for malformations commonly designated 'lethal' reveals that prolonged survival is possible, even if rare. This article analyses the concept… CONTINUE READING
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