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Stillbirth Automimmune Disorder
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
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
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
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
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