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What are the tests for fetal hydrops?

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

Dr. James Dukelow
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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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What is fetal hydrops? Can it be treated?

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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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

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Please can you tell me if air pressure from flying have caused my baby to have fetal hydrops?

No connection: There are many causes for fetal, hydrous but I don't believe air pressure is. ...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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I've been diagnosed with fetal hydrops. What can I do?

I've been diagnosed with fetal hydrops. What can I do?

Fetal hydrops: Read this for information:

http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007308.htm ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fetal hydrops?

Fetal hydrops: Fetal hydrops (erythroblastosis fetalis) - excess/ abnormal amount of fluid in 2 or more fetal compartments. ...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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I had pregnancy that ended in fetal hydrops. Just had an answer that parvovirus can cause it. I teach. I must have caught it and passed it Feel guilty?

I had pregnancy that ended in fetal hydrops. Just had an answer that parvovirus can cause it. I teach. I must have caught it and passed it Feel guilty?

Not your fault: I am sorry for your loss. However, you did not do anything wrong. Some times bad things happen to good people. Keep faith. For your health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more

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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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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

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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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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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Pregnancy 15 week, ultrasound report., . Turner syndrome with cystic hygroma and hydrops fetalis....., your advise required?

Pregnancy 15 week, ultrasound report., . Turner syndrome with cystic hygroma and hydrops fetalis....., your advise required?

Your decision: In the end. These findings in the first trimester usually carry a poor outlook for survival of the baby but there have been many reports of resolution of both cystic hygroma and hydrops as pregnancy progresses. Turner syndrome will always be there. I cannot decide for you but suggest you consider re-evaluating by ultrasound in 3-4 weeks should you decide to continue the pregnancy, you will then know more about the prognosis for the baby and any associated problems such as congenital heart defect etc.

see:http://www. Turnersyndrome. Org/#! child/c4ff ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for fetus with hydrops?

Differential diagnosis for fetus with hydrops?

Hydrops fetalis (HF): Hf is divided into two major categories: immune hf and nonimmune hf. Immune hydrops fetalis is caused by rh incompatibility, and used to be the most common cause. All other causes of hf are termed non-immune and may be caused by chromosomal aberrations, other genetic disorders, infections, anemias, structural birth defects such as congenital heart disease, and many other causes. ...Read more

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My sister had fetal hydrop and is 7 months pregnant, they barely detected it. Is that going to affect the baby?

My sister had fetal hydrop and is 7 months pregnant, they barely detected it. Is that going to affect the baby?

Fetal hydrops: Hydrops fetalis (fetal hydrops) is a serious fetal condition defined as abnormal accumulation of fluid in 2 or more fetal compartments, including ascites, pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, and skin edema. ...Read more

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What causes nicks in my fetal artery dopplers, and how can I prevent them?

What causes nicks in my fetal artery dopplers, and how can I prevent them?

Not clear question..: If you are referring to umbilical artery abnormal doppler velocimetry, this is a specialized test for growth restricted fetuses and there is not much you can do about preventing fetal growth restriction. Avoid exercise and follow your perinatologist's instructions to avoid pregnancy complications. Hope this answers your question - if not, please try to specify what you are concerned about. ...Read more

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What is the dose of folic acid to prevent all fetal malformations?

What is the dose of folic acid to prevent all fetal malformations?

5 mg.: Most of the severe (not all) fetal malformations can be prevented with preconceptional Folic Acid (for at least 3 months before conception). Expect 75% of cardiac defects and >90% of neural tube defects to be prevented thus. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how monitoring fetal movement prevent stillbirth?

Can you tell me how monitoring fetal movement prevent stillbirth?

Kick Counting: Fetal movement is reassuring. Babies that are in trouble stop moving, usually awhile before they are at risk of stillbirth. Monitoring fetal movement is a way to make sure that baby is doing well without hooking you up to a fetal monitor. If your monitoring indicates that baby isn't moving enough, you can go to the hospital for electronic fetal monitoring. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex 10 days ago. My period is 3 days late. I don't want my dad to know. How can I prevent it from growing into a fetus?

I had unprotected sex 10 days ago. My period is 3 days late. I don't want my dad to know. How can I prevent it from growing into a fetus?

Pregnancy: Please go to your nearest plan parenthood. They should be able to help you. Also it's very dangerous to have unprotected sex. You would put yourself at risk for sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, Syphilis, Herpes, HPV (which could lead to cervical cancer) and. ... Please be careful and use protection next time. ...Read more

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Is Metamucil safe in third trimester? Does it prevent nutrients from getting to fetus? How does it actually work and any precautions while taking it?

Is Metamucil safe in third trimester? Does it prevent nutrients from getting to fetus? How does it actually work and any precautions while taking it?

Safe: Metamucil is a bulk laxative, which helps hold water in the stool to make it easier to pass, and is safe in pregnancy. You need to be sure and drink a lot of water, too. It will not effect the babies nutrition. ...Read more

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Am 16wks=5days preg, did first scan & noted huge abdnormal cyst size 75.9x72.2mm tht prevented fetal frm urinating. What culd hv cause this? Pls help

Am 16wks=5days preg, did first scan & noted huge abdnormal cyst size 75.9x72.2mm tht prevented fetal frm urinating. What culd hv cause this? Pls help

Here are some...: I'm glad to see you're on schedule for prenatal care from which a 7.59 x 7.22-cm cyst-like structure was seen in routine ultrasound imaging; this finding should be correlated with the images of other parts of fetus like kidneys, amount of amniotic fluid. Etc. If no other suspected abnormality is seen, repeating another ultrasound in 3-6 weeks to make sure if the size of this "cyst" changes... ...Read more

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Laryngeal edema vs laryngospasm, how do I avoid it and prevent it?

Laryngeal edema vs laryngospasm, how do I avoid it and prevent it?

Reflux prevention: One of the most common reasons why both of these occur is due to reflux. Stomach juice leaving the stomach coming up into the throat can cause swelling and inflammation of the voice box. Sometimes if some of this juice gets onto the vocal chords it can lead to spasm. Avoid acidic foods and drinks and don't eat or drink for three hours before going to bed. ...Read more

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How to prevent dependent edema of ankles and feet?

How to prevent dependent edema of ankles and feet?

Use your muscles: The contraction of calf muscles helps to push the blood back up to the heart. So doing calf raises, going for a walk are helpful. Compression socks (like jobst) are also very useful in preventing swelling especially if you have a job where you are standing still for many hours. ...Read more

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I have CHF and suffer from severe edema. What can I do to prevent the swelling?

I have CHF and suffer from severe edema. What can I do to prevent the swelling?

Diuretics: Diuretics or "water pils" help the body remove the extra fluid in patients with chf. These include furosemide, torsemide, bumex, metalazone, spironolactone and occasionally hctz (hydrochlorothiazide). These usually are taken daily to keep extra fluid off. Limiting the amount of fluid intake to 1500 - 2000 cc/day can also limit the amount of meds needed. Severe edema may need IV meds in the hospital to get the fluid off. ...Read more

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I was 12 wk preg. Fetus had cystic hygroma&above normal N.T&generalized edema, my Dr. Decided abortion, was it the right decision?

I was 12 wk preg. Fetus had cystic hygroma&above normal N.T&generalized edema, my Dr. Decided abortion, was it the right decision?

12 wks fetal hydrops: That early in pregnancy, edema is hydrops, generalized; an increased nuchal translucency will be seen, which later in pregnancy may turn into a cystic hygroma, unless septation was already present--as seen in severely affected 45X (Turner syndrome) fetuses. Many other potential causes, but prognosis of hydrops this early is dismal. An amniocentesis prior to abortion allows chromosomal analysis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of fetal ascites? How to prevent it on the next pregnancy

Several: Several possibilities including Parvovirus infection. Risk if recurrence depends on the cause. Has to be evaluated by an obstetrician and genetics expert. ...Read more

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What causes fetal distress? Any way I can prevent it from happening to my baby during my pregnancy?

What causes fetal distress? Any way I can prevent it from happening to my baby during my pregnancy?

Fetal distress: Fetal distress is a term which is used to indicate that the fetus, (ie baby inside the womb) is in trouble. This trouble usually occurs during labor, but sometimes it may precede onset of labor. Causes include cord compresson, placental prolems related to maternal health before and during pregnancy. If you maintain good health your fetus will be healthy enough to respond well to treatments. ...Read more

Dr. Darrell Cass
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Fetal Hydrops (Definition)

Fetal hydrops (erythroblastosis fetalis) - excess/ abnormal amount of fluid in 2 ...Read more


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