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Doctor insights on: Stillbirth Automimmune Disorder

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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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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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What are the tests for stillbirth?

What are the tests for stillbirth?

Ultrasound: An ultrasound of the pregnancy is the most definitive. Lack of fetal cardiac activity confirms the diagnosis. ...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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Is there chance to concive boy after stillbirth boy?

Is there chance to concive boy after stillbirth boy?

Absolutely: No question. But you should consult with your gynecologist to detrmine, if possible the cause of the stillbirth and if there is a genetic possibility of it happening again. My sympathies. ...Read more

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Are there ways to prevent the symptoms of stillbirth?

Are there ways to prevent the symptoms of stillbirth?

Maybe: Pt with a history of stillborn get frequent ultrasouns and fetal monitering. Although nothing can absolutely prevent a stillborn, these tests will dramatically decrease the risk. ...Read more

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My placenta is currently 6.2cms thick. Should stillbirth be a concern for me? So many studies indicate "yes."

My placenta is currently 6.2cms thick. Should stillbirth be a concern for me? So many studies indicate "yes."

Relax!: Placental thickness on ultrasound is dependent on so many variables (amount of amniotic fluid, fibroids, contractions, implantation on a uterine flexure point such as the fundus of lateral corpus crevices) that one should not leap to dire predictions without full maternal-fetal evaluation. 1-2/1, 000 risk for stillbirth applies to anyone, though, in the third trimester. Good fetal growth reassuring. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Stephens
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Stillbirth (Definition)

A stillbirth is a condition in which fetal death occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most cases are due to unknown causes, but some possible causes include bacterial infection, genetic defects, recreational drug use by the mother, physical trauma, ...Read more