Hydrops fetalis

Case contributed by Dr Rengarajan R

Presentation

Routine antenatal check up.

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Female
Ultrasound

The antenatal scan showed subcutaneous oedema including scalp oedema, fetal ascites and placentomegaly suggesting a diagnosis of hydrops fetalis.

Case Discussion

Hydrops fetalis was detected on a routine antenatal ultrasound. The patient's blood group was O negative and she was not administered Rh antibody during the first pregnancy, which ended in an uneventful normal delivery.

The diagnosis of hydrops fetalis requires the presence of fluid or oedema in two or more fetal compartments. In this case - subcutaneous oedema and ascites. Placentomegaly and polyhydramnios are in seen in more severe cases of hydrops.

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Case information

rID: 23842
Case created: 12th Jul 2013
Last edited: 6th Oct 2015
System: Obstetrics
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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