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Polyhydramnios In Children
Is a medical condition describing an excess of amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac. It is seen in about 1% of pregnancies. it is typically diagnosed when the amniotic fluid index (afi) is greater than 24 cm. there are two clinical varieties of polyhydramnios:
chronic polyhydramnios where excess amniotic fluid accumulates gradually
acute polyhydramnios quickly accumulates. ...Read more
Greater than 20 cm: Polyhydramnios is usually defined as an amniotic fluid index (afi), a measure of the amount of amniotic fluid present, of more than 20 cm. In more severe cases the afi may be 30 or 40 or more centimeters. ...Read more
Many things: Polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid around the fetus) may happen for several reasons. The most common reason is that the mother has gestational diabetes. Anything that prevents a fetus from swallowing amniotic fluid can also cause polyhydramnios, including structural problems in the baby's mouth or throat or stomach, or muscular or neurologic problems. We never find the cause of some cases. ...Read more
Depends: Polyhydramnios may make movement of the diaphragm and taking a deep breathe more difficult. However, that depends on the degree of polyhydramnios. If you are having touble breathing you should contact your doctor. ...Read more
Less rare: Placental abruption is one of the increased risks associated with poly-hydramnios. Even then it is still fairly uncommon. ...Read more
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Most mild cases of polyhydramnios can be observed and just followed with increased testing. Most of time, all goes well.
Treating maternal diabetes, if that is the cause, can also improve the polyhydramnios.
In severe cases, medication or drainage of some of the fluid may be indicated. ...Read more
Disrupted circulatio: The amniotic fluid is in a delicate balance with mom's circulation. Over a 24 hour time period amniotic fluid gets exchanged several times. The fetus is part of this equation. The fetus' lungs are typically filled with fluid. If there is a fistula between the trachea and the esophagus, the equation is disrupted, resulted in excess amniotic fluid. ...Read more
Diabetes is a cause: Diabetes or Gestational Diabetes are known to sometimes cause polyhydramnios. If diabetes is the cause, the baby will be larger than expected for its stage of development. ...Read more