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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 222-224

Non-immune hydrops fetalis incidentally found on routine obstetric sonography: A case report

Department of Radiodiagnosis, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

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Sajid Ansari
Department of Radiodiagnosis, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, H-2733, BPKIHS, Dharan
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4958.127399

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Non-immune hydrops fetalis is an uncommon but serious disorder associated with an overall poor prognosis, characterized by abnormal fluid accumulation in two or more fetal serous compartments, together with generalized soft tissue edema. Sonographic detection of hydrops fetalis is usually straightforward, and detailed prenatal diagnostic investigations allow identification of disorders which may be amenable to treatment and avoidance of inappropriate fetal interventions in cases associated with a poor outcome. We present a case of non-immune hydrops fetalis incidentally detected on routine obstetric sonography in a 32-year-old, third gravida woman. She had past history of hydrops fetalis in her first pregnancy, but the second baby was still alive. She had undergone cesarean section and the baby died after a few minutes. Past history and investigations excluded the immune cause of hydrops fetalis, therefore making it most likely the non-immune type.

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