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What does an excess of amniotic fluid mean?

What does an excess of amniotic fluid mean?

Diabetes?: Most of the time we don't know what causes polyhydramnios. It is associated with maternal diabetes and can result from trouble with the fetal kidneys or swallowing ability. In and of itself, it isn't harmful, though it can result in cord prolapse if the water breaks through an open cervix. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if amniotic fluid is thickening?

What does it mean if amniotic fluid is thickening?

Unsure: I am not sure what you are asking. Amniotic fluid is composed mostly of the baby's urine and should be watery like urine. If the amniotic fluid is becoming thick for any reason, it is unlikely to be a good thing. ...Read more

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Excess+amniotic+fluid+at+24+weeks what are the complications ?

Excess+amniotic+fluid+at+24+weeks what are the complications
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Polyhydramnios: Excess fluid is associated with preterm labor, preterm delivery, and increased incidence of breech presentation. However, most cases still end well. The more important question is, what is causing the increased fluid? The cause of the polyhydramnios is the most important issue. Your doctor will know what testing needs to be performed. The findings will determine how your pregnancy is managed. ...Read more

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Is excess amniotic fluid a cause for concern?

Is excess amniotic fluid a cause for concern?

Yes: Excess amniotic fluid can be associated with diabetes, infection, and birth defects that prevent the fetus from swallowing. It can also be associated with an increased risk of stillbirth. Once the causes above have been eliminated, testing of the fetus' wellbeing should be done until delivery. ...Read more

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I am 34 weeks and 5 days and the amniotic fluid is measuring at 26cm, what does that mean?

I am 34 weeks and 5 days and the amniotic fluid is measuring at 26cm, what does that mean?

Polyhydramnios: Your amniotic fluid level is a bit high. I would expect that your doctor would be rechecking this at least weekly and if not already done you should be seen by a perinatologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have normal range of amniotic fluid index, but at the upper limit of 22cm (33 weeks). What causes this?

What does it mean to have normal range of amniotic fluid index, but at the upper limit of 22cm (33 weeks). What causes this?

Worth following: The upper limit of normal is still normal, however it is worth following up to make sure in a few weeks the fluid volume has not increased. In at least 1/3 of cases we cannot figure out what causes the fluid volume to be high. It can also be caused by gestational diabetes. Rarely a fetal abnormality that reduces the fetal ability to swallow can cause increased amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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Ultrasound at 40weeks today showed AFI 28cm. Excess amniotic fluid? All scans until now had normal amount. Should I worry? Glucose test was normal.

Ultrasound at 40weeks today showed AFI 28cm. Excess amniotic fluid? All scans until now had normal amount. Should I worry? Glucose test was normal.

High: The AFI is a little above high normal. There can be several causes, including human error on how they measured. You say ALL scans, why were they doing more than one scan during you pregnancy. There must have been other concerns going on. But, since all were normal until now, I would suggest this is still a low risk finding. Speak with your OB for final interpretation. ...Read more

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I had an amniotic fluid test which showed a high concentration of alpha-fetoprotein. What does this mean?

I  had an amniotic fluid test which showed a high concentration of alpha-fetoprotein. What does this mean?

AFP in amniotic fl: If an amniocentesis is performed and AFP is detectedin the amniotic fluid, this means that the fetus has an open neural tube defect or an abdominal wall defect. Sonographic evaluation needs to confirm the abnormality. ...Read more

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Could having excess amniotic fluid at 33-35 weeks cause pre- term labour? (levels were 22cm and considered "normal, but at higher range").

Could having excess amniotic fluid at 33-35 weeks cause pre- term labour? (levels were 22cm and considered "normal, but at higher range").

Yes: Excess fluid causes distension or additional "stretching " of uterine muscle and may make it more irritable and contract more. 22 cm is not terribly high but still could cause an increase in contractions. You need to be checked to see if this is causing true preterm labor with cervical change or just preterm contractions. ...Read more

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What does dilated fetal kidneys with normal amniotic fluid mean for a second trimester fetus?

What does dilated fetal kidneys with normal amniotic fluid mean for  a second trimester fetus?

No big deal.: Detecting renal problems by fetal ultrasound is very accurate and efficient because it can prevent serious complications postnatally. Fetal renal pyelectasis or even hydronephrosis is nothing to worry about, provided the amniotic fluid is monitored and remains normal. The neonatology team should be notified at birth to institute appropriate follow-up for the newborn; monthly ultrasounds are needed. ...Read more

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