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Does Cocaine Cause Stillbirth
I had a full term stillbirth apparently caused by a very small placental abruption. What may have caused this? What are the chances of reoccurrence?
Reocurrence: I am so sorry about the loss of your baby. Some studies have shown recurrence rates to be one in eight, while some have reported a ten fold increase in rate. Whether or not this recurs depends upon the causation and on the presence of the predisposing factors: pregnancy induced hypertension or chronic hypertension, external trauma, cigarette smoking and/or the use of Cocaine and alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With difficulty: Unfortunately it's not always evident. Examination of the stillborn sometimes shows us cord problems or obvious birth defects. The placenta is examined for problems, an autopsy can be ordered on the infant looking for birth defects. Chromosomes & blood tests looking for abnormalities (diabetes, lupus, infection, etc) are also done. However, many times the reason is unexplained or unclear. ...Read more
I had a stillbirth at full term...In your field how often does this happen and what are the chances of it repeating?
No cause was found.
About 1 in 1000: The risk for fetal demise is about 1 in 1000 at 39 to 40 weeks. The chance for a recurrence is about twice as high. ...Read more
Chances: If you become infected during around the time of conception there is a less than 5% chance that your baby will also be infected. During the 3rd trimester there is a 65% chance your baby will also be infected. However, babies infected duirng later pregnancy are less likely to develop serious health problems. ...Read more
There R multiple causes of stillbirth, cord knot, infection, IUGR etc, but in those with unknown causes, is there a theory on what might be thecause?
Genetic abnromity: Genetic abnormality in the fetus that is not compatible with life is very common ...Read more
Several.: Obstetric complications (abruption, multiple gestation, preterm birth - 29%), placental disease and fetal growth restriction (fgr - 24%), fetal genetic/structural abnormalities (14%), maternal/fetal infection (13%), umbilical cord abnormalities (10%), hypertensive disorders (9%), other maternal medical conditions (8%). One third/fourth of cases remain undiagnosed/idiopathic. @34 weeks fgr likely. ...Read more
No: Although legionnaires' can have long-term effects, particularly on the elderly or the chronically ill, these effects are typically fatigue or neurologic symptoms. In the immunosuppressed (hiv patients, those on certain medications, or the severely ill), the bacterium has been known to spread to several organs only on very rare occasions, and no involvement of the uterus has been reported. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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