Hydrops fetalis

Case contributed by Dr Rengarajan R


Routine antenatal check up.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Female

The antenatal scan showed subcutaneous edema including scalp edema, 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 edema in two or more fetal compartments. In this case - subcutaneous edema and ascites. Placentomegaly and polyhydramnios are in seen in more severe cases of hydrops.

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Case information

rID: 23842
Published: 12th Jul 2013
Last edited: 26th Dec 2019
System: Obstetrics
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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