Multidisciplinary management of fetal surgical anomalies: The impact on maternal anxiety

L. Aite, A. Trucchi, A. Nahom, V. Spina, E. Bilancioni, Pietro Bagolan

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Aim: To assess the impact on maternal anxiety of a multidisciplinary approach in prenatal management of fetal surgical anomalies. Design: A case-control study was undertaken: Group A (cases) consisted of 16 couples receiving a prenatal multidisciplinary counselling, Group B (controls) was represented by 16 couples, who received diagnosis of the fetal anomaly and the relevant counselling by an obstetrician only. The fetuses were affected by the following gastrointestinal anomalies: gastroschisis, omphalocele, intestinal atresia. Methods: The Italian version of the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory was utilized to assess maternal anxiety. In Group A maternal anxiety level was assessed after the first antenatal counselling and at birth, whereas in Group B only at birth. Results: At birth, Group A presented STAI-S scores significantly lower than after the first antenatal consultation with the team (Mean ± SD=39.87 ± 6.46 versus 68.93 ± 5.81; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-94
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Gastrointestinal anomalies
  • Maternal anxiety
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Prenatal diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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