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RESEARCH: “On the feasibility of accessing acute pain-related facial expressions in the human fetus and its potential implications: a case report.”

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RESEARCH: “On the feasibility of accessing acute pain-related facial expressions in the human fetus and its potential implications: a case report.”

INTRODUCTION: Although pain facial assessment is routinely performed in term and preterm newborns by the use of facial expression-based tools such as the Neonatal Facial Coding System, the assessment of pain during the intrauterine life has not been extensively explored.

OBJECTIVE: Describe for the first time, an experimental model to assess and quantify responses due to acute pain in fetuses undergoing anaesthesia for intrauterine surgery recorded by high-resolution 4D ultrasound machines.

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