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Stillbirth (Definition)

Stillbirth =death of fetus e after ...Read more


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How do doctors diagnose cause of stillbirth?

How do doctors diagnose cause of stillbirth?

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

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What are causes that could result in stillbirth of a 34 weeks fetus?

What are causes that could result in stillbirth of a 34 weeks fetus?

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

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How often does toxoplasma cause stillbirth?

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

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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?

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?

Unknown=unknown: The more advances we make in genetic analysis & general study of fetal development the more of these cases will move from unknown to known. I watched a monitor abnormality during labor turn out to be a baby gripping his cord hard during contractions, causing a dangerous reduction in heart rate. That kid turned out fine, but it points out that sometimes we can't find evidence after the fact ...Read more

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I had a stillbirth due to a placenta abruption. NO known cause. One healthy birth previously. Would I be likely to have another abrupt or healthy preg?

I had a stillbirth due to a placenta abruption. NO known cause. One healthy birth previously. Would I be likely to have another abrupt or healthy preg?

Abruption chances: First of all, I am sorry for your loss. The risk for a recurrent complicated placental abruption in your next pregnancy is about 33/1000. Special surveillance would need to be undertaken about 3 months prior to the gestational age of the baby you lost due to the first placental abruption. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Can blunt abdominal trauma cause stillbirth?

Yes: Yes trauma can cause stillbirth. If you have been attacked or injured please seek medical attention. If you are being abused please seek help. Your life and your baby's life are at risk. There are many options available. ...Read more

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Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a stillbirth?

Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a stillbirth?

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 more

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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?

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?

How terribly sad!: As you know, abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine wall too early - instead of after birth. Some drugs may be related to placental abruption, e.g., cocaine. There are also some blood clotting problems which may be related to placental malfunction. Talk with your doctor now about measures to minimize risk with your next delivery, i.e., planned c-section when lungs are mature. ...Read more

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I just had a stillbirth delivery at 38 weeks, first pregnancy, no know cause. How long should I wait to get pregnant again?

I just had a stillbirth delivery at 38 weeks, first pregnancy, no know cause. How long should I wait to get pregnant again?

Give it some time: Speak to your obstetrician and make sure that all aspects have been evaluated for the stillbirth. If there was a compromise in the umbilical cord that may potentially give an answer. Also chromosomal evaluation may be helpful along with familial thrombophilia clotting studies. Allow yourself and your partner to grieve the death of the child before jumping into the next pregnancy. Make sure that all potential causes have been evaluated before attempting another pregnancy. I personally would have my patient waited at least 4 to 6 months before trying again. ...Read more

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Stillbirth at 32 weeks due to 20% placenta abruption. Baby boy had a mass on kidney that kept growing could this have been what really caused stillb?

Stillbirth at 32 weeks due to 20% placenta abruption. Baby boy had a mass on kidney that kept growing could this have been what really caused stillb?

Hard to say: A formal autopsy would have been better able to find a specific cause. A placental abruption of as little as 5% could cause fetal loss if it included major blood loss, and with 20% this would be a likely cause. A growing mass on the kidney would eventually cause problems but its contribution to the stillbirth is impossible to know. ...Read more

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How does listeria cause stillbirth in pregnancy? Is it possible to be contaminated with listeria and not have any adverse symptoms until birth?

How does listeria cause stillbirth in pregnancy? Is it possible to be contaminated with listeria and not have any adverse symptoms until birth?

Listeria: Typically by infecting the bag of water. The symptoms might be mild enough that you might not be aware of them. Listeria is not a very common cause of chorioamnionitis, but is quite serious. ...Read more

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38wks pregnant, gained a total of 32lbs with this pregnancy. Doctor concerned. Can too much weight gain during pregnancy cause stillbirth?

38wks pregnant, gained a total of 32lbs with this pregnancy. Doctor concerned. Can too much weight gain during pregnancy cause stillbirth?

Stilllbirth: It is unlikely that stillbirth can be caused by the amount of weight which you have gained. Excessive weight gain, however, is related to diabetes of pregnancy. Undiagnosed diabetes can lead to elevated blood sugars which in turn can lead to stillbirth. ...Read more

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I got hit in stomach I'm six months pregnant can this cause a stillbirth? I go to the doctor Wednesday if she hears a heartbeat is everything ok?

I got hit in stomach I'm six months pregnant can this cause a stillbirth? I go to the doctor Wednesday if she hears a heartbeat is everything ok?

Depends: I am concerned about you being hit during pregnancy. was this by someone you know? By your partner? Intimate partner violence can increase in pregnancy.
a strong hit can harm the baby or cause damage to the placenta. I assume you still feel your baby moving around. ...Read more

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I'm 38.5 weeks high risk pregnancy.....Cause I had 2 stillbirths one at 36 weeks and the other at 20 weeks so will I beable to get my labor induce?

I'm 38.5 weeks high risk pregnancy.....Cause I had 2 stillbirths one at 36 weeks and the other at 20 weeks so will I beable to get my labor induce?

IF you were my pt: I would induce u at 39 weeks or earlier, if earlier u must have an amnio but since you are 38.5 I would induce u right at 39 weeks, as the ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks and I would be doing nsts and bpps each week until u deliver, indcucion is safe and easy and effective when done properly, almost all of my pts want to be induced, please call your OB to discuss and get it scheduled. ...Read more

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I'm 39 weeks pregnant and think I have bacterial vaginosis, will this harm my unborn baby? Cause stillbirth?

I'm 39 weeks pregnant and think I have bacterial vaginosis, will this harm my unborn baby? Cause stillbirth?

Please see your OB: Or call your OB today as your OB can put you on vaginal or oral antibiotics to treat that, it will not cause still birth u need cultures and txment and make sure it is just BV bacteria and not other bact. And I assume u do not have beta strep- I assume u were already tested for b- strep as u should ahve been at 34-36 wks, if u are beta strep + then u get IV antibiotics in labor so baby does get bs. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Stillbirth?

Stillbirth: Stillbirth =death of fetus e after 20th week of pregnancy. ...Read more