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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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2 kids with nonimmune hydrops, 1 f 2 1/2 yrs, 1 m 3 months?

2 kids with nonimmune hydrops, 1 f 2 1/2 yrs, 1 m 3 months?

Hydrops fetalis, : Excessive fluid build-up in 2 or more body parts in a fetus, can be pretty severe, as you describe. Non-immune hydrops can be from heart or lung problems, severe anemia (alpha-thalassemia or infections), genetic syndromes or problems in fetal development. I'd seek evaluations of both kids by a geneticist to look for a cause ; by your state's early intervention program to assess their development. ...Read more

Dr. Darrell Cass
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Fetal Hydrops (Definition)

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