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my friend had a stillbirth, what tests are normally done to find out why?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Autopsy: The main test on the baby is an autopsy to look for birth defects or other causes for the death. The placenta is examined and cultures done. The mother may have tests for viruses and other infections, diabetes, thyroid or bleeding problems. Even with all these tests it's not unusual to not find an answer.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
See below: If indicated the fetus and placenta can be sent for genetic testing to see if something untoward occurred.

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