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Doctor insights on: Cephalopelvic Disproportion Hydrops Fetalis

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How does g6pd deficiency lead to hydrops fetalis?

How does g6pd deficiency lead to hydrops fetalis?

G6PD: G6PD is a deficiency in an enzyme which is important in the stability of the RBC membrane. Shortened RBC survival (hemolysis) occurs in response to a variety of triggers (infection, medications, stress) resulting in soft tissue edema in the cavities of the fetal body. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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How could g6pd deficiency will result to hydrops fetalis?

How could g6pd deficiency will result to hydrops fetalis?

Severe anemia: Babies who have very severe anemia before they are born develop hydrops fetalis. Very severe forms of G6PD deficiency lead to severe anemia in the uterus since the red blood cells cannot protect themselves from oxidative damage. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for hydrops fetalis?

What is the prognosis for hydrops fetalis?

High, depends: The overall prognosis for hydrops fetalis is quite high. Prognosis depends on the cause and severity of the condition, as there may be more milder forms. ...Read more

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Is fetal hydrops considered a lethal disease or a disorder?

Not necessarily: Fetal hydrops just means excess fluid in a baby's body. It can result from a variety of conditions, including severe anemia and heart failure. It is extremely serious, and frequently fatal, but if the underlying condition that caused the hydrops can be treated, a baby with hydrops can survive. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me how does g6pd deficiency will lead to hydrops fetalis?

Can you explain to me how does g6pd deficiency will lead to hydrops fetalis?

Severe anemia: Severe G6PD deficiency can cause severe anemia and increased bilirubin and can cause hydrops fetalis. Exposure by Mom to certain drugs, certain foods--fava bean-- exposure to moth balls napthalene--can trigger a severe reaction and may be responsible for hydrops fetalis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for fetal hydrops?

Ultrasound mostly.: Fetal hydrops can only be diagnosed with prenatal ultrasonography and certain blood tests can help with its etiology (e.g. Torch titers). Prenatal genetic diagnosis is also warranted in such cases to assess for down syndrome or other severe anomalies. This can be achieved with cordocentesis, amniocentesis, placental biopsy or cell-free fetal dna isolation from the maternal blood. ...Read more

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What is fetal hydrops? Can it be treated?

Immune and cardiac: Fetal hydops is a state of severe generalized edema in the fetus. There are two broad categories of disorders that cause fetal hyrops, namely immune, as in hemolytic disease of the fetus and cardiac. Treatment depends on the cause. Some disorders are treatable. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with fetal hydrops?

Usually none.: Fetal hydrops usually causes few if any symptoms. Decreased fetal movement is an advanced sign. Maternal hypertension and headaches may herald the development of ballantyne syndrome (mirror syndrome) when the mother develops preeclampsia in response to fetal swelling. This is a dreaded complication that mandates pregnancy termination regardless of gestational age. ...Read more

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Describe the disorder called fetal hydrops.?

Describe the disorder called fetal hydrops.?

Complicated: The abnormal collection of fluid in more than one area of the fetal body, ascites or effusions, is termed hydrops fetalis. It could be immune or non-immune. It has to be managed by a high risk specialist who can explain this complicated and deadly condition to you in detail. It's one reason early prenatal care can help identify any abnormal antibodies or infections that can cause it. ...Read more

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Any docs familiar w/fetal hydrops please tell me the risks?

Fluid accumulation: Fetal hydrops is a condition in which the fetus as an accumulation of fluid in at least 2 or more fetal compartments such as ascites, pleural effusion, or pericardial effusion. A fetus can have immune hydrops (related to red cell blood markers) or non-immune hydrous (related to fetal defects, maternal genetic or metabolic disorders. Fetal hydrous may carry a poor prognosis. ...Read more

Baby Too Large For Mother's Pelvis (Definition)

Cephalopelvic disproportion is a condition where the baby's head or body is too big to fit through the mother's pelvis. This often leads to "failure to progress" in labor, and is a common indication for ...Read more


Dr. Darrell Cass
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Fetal Hydrops (Definition)

Fetal hydrops is a condition where a fetus is accumulating extra fluid, perhaps around the heart, around the lungs, in the abdomen, or under the skin. It is often ...Read more