Can fetus die from cystic hygroma?

Rarely. In some cases of 45X (Turner syndrome), the hygroma has become so massive--perhaps larger than the fetus, that the demise may have been related to the massive extracellular volume overload. The mere presence of a cystic hygroma increases the risk of congenital heart defects, or a chromosomal disorder, which in themselves may pose a threat to fetal survival greater than the hygroma itself.
Not always. This is a condition that is a congenital multiloculated lymphatic lesion that can arise anywhere. It is classically found in the left posterior triangle of the neck, and contains large cyst like cavities containing watery fluid. This is benign, but a lethal version, cowchock wapner kurtz syndrome, causes cystic hygroma, lymphedema and cleft palate.

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Had fetus with cystic hygroma, but normal karyotype, it was aborted, but I've cmv igm0.92 cmv igg378, was it related to the fetus condiditon?? what 2do?

Not related. CMV IgG and IgM, aren't a problem, just keep following up with your doctor, hopefully you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy child, good luck. Read more...
Primary CMV infectn. You only test positive for CMV IgM when you have had a recent primary infection. You then have livelong immunity provided by CMV IgG. The timeframe needs to be checked by someone with expertise, but evidence of positive IgM means that you had a primary infection in pregnancy,which may have devastating effects on the fetus. You will not be at risk in future pregnancies because of immunity. Read more...

Can my aborted fetus have normal karyotype but have cystic hygroma&above normal N.T at the same time? Did it deserve that doc decide abortion?

Certainly. A fetus can have normal karyotype and still have any one of a large variety of really bad congenital defects. That means many bad birth defects happen in babies who have normal karyotypes. As we each walk our journeys in life, we must make the best decisions we can, with the information we have at hand... people make the best call they can, and then move on, to the promises that the future holds. Read more...

I was 12 wk preg. Fetus had cystic hygroma&above normal N.T&generalized edema, my Dr. Decided abortion, was it the right decision?

Trust your doctor. at any rate that's a complex decision to make, from what you wrote it seems that the fetus had multiple anomalies which would be incompatible with life, hope you would have a healthy pregnancy later, good luck. Read more...
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...

I had abortion on 2-3, bec fetus had cystic hygroma&other anomalies. Blood HCG quantitative on 24-3 : 23.95. any indication?

Patience, expectancy. Your betaHCG may take several weeks to return to normal depending on the gestational age at which your pregnancy was terminated. If you have no pain, no excessive bleeding, no fever or other symptoms, there is little cause for alarm. Otherwise, be patient. If you remain concerned, you may want to repeat your HCG in another week or so. Read more...

Doc terminated my preg. Bec fetus had cystic hygroma, aborted fetus's cytogenetic lab test result: apparently normal female karyotype, plz explain??

Fetus was a girl. "Normal female karyotype" just means the fetus was genetically a girl. It means there were 2 of each chromosome (contrast that with Down syndrome, where a fetus would have 3 of chromosome #21). So, "normal female karyotype" doesn't have a particular special meaning, but only that she was genetically a girl. Read more...
It happens. A cystic hygroma can show up in many forms with one presentation similar to a feature of some TURNER Syndrome (X0) females. If a Turner syndrome patient survives pregnancy they are all sterile females that end up short & have a potential for heart, brain & other problems. However it can also show up in otherwise normal kids, which happened in your case. Read more...

How to avoid getting a fetus with health problems again? I had a fetus with above normal N.T&cystic hygroma, docs terminated this pregnancy.

Antenatal care. the success of a pregnancy improves with the level of care you receive before birth. Make sure you are followed by an OB before you plan to get pregnant. Make sure you have a good month or two of good health pre-conception, and then hope for a good pregnancy, making all your high-risk OB visits count ! . Read more...