Fetal death in utero

Fetal death in utero (FDIU) is the term used when the death of a fetus occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy. Prior to this, it is considered a miscarriage.

1% of normal, uncomplicated pregnancies end in fetal death. In ~15% of FDIU, no cause is identified.

  • gestational hypertension
  • blood group incompatibility
  • metabolic disorders
  • intrauterine infections
  • major anomalies
  • umbilical cord complications (looping, knotting, twisting)
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rID: 4877
System: Obstetrics
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Fetal demise
  • Demise of fetus
  • Intrauterine fetal demise
  • IUFD
  • fetal death in utero
  • Intrauterine fetal death (IUFD)

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