Hydrops fetalis

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel

Presentation

3rd gravida presented for 13 weeks scan. No complaints.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Female
Ultrasound

There is a single live intra-uterine fetus with growth corresponding to the period of amenorrhea. There is generalized subcutaneous edema involving head - neck - uppermost torso. There are septa within this edema. There is bilateral mild pleural effusion without ascites. The nasal bone is ossified but smaller in length.

Photo

Photo of an abortus at 2 weeks after the ultrasound. There is edema in the neck region.

Case Discussion

Ultrasound findings suggest hydrops fetalis.

Abortus photo: Courtesy treating obstetric surgeon Dr. Drashti R. Patel.

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