Fetal ascites

Dr Dan J Bell and Radswiki et al.

Fetal ascites refers to the accumulation of free fluid in the fetal abdomen. It is often considered under the same spectrum of hydrops fetalis.

In the case of simple ascites, free anechoic fluid is seen within the fetal abdominal cavity.

General considerations include:

  • fetal pseudoascites: hypoechoic abdominal wall muscles or occasionally the hypoechoic fetal omentum can artefactually mimic a small volume of ascites
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Article information

rID: 13408
System: Obstetrics
Section: Gamuts
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Ascites in utero
  • Foetal ascites
  • Fetal free peritoneal fluid
  • Foetal free peritoneal fluid

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    Case 1: with hydrops fetalis
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