What is Hydrops Fetalis (Fetal Hydrops)?

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Hydrops fetalis (fetal hydrops) is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in two or more places and is a symptom of an underlying problem with the fetus. Hydrops is typically discovered during an ultrasound in the first or second trimester, and the earlier it is found the worse the prognosis. Non-immune hydrops may indicate congenital heart defects, structural abnormalities, infection, or genetic disorders.It is sometimes associated with too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios) and placental edema.

 

For more information, visit:

Medscape—Pediatric Hydrops Fetalis

Perinatology—Hydrops Fetalis

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin—Hydrops fetalis/erythroblastosis fetalis

 

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