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Obstetrics » Obstetrics 2nd And 3rd Trimester
Fetal hydrops
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Author(s) :
Gunjan Puri, MD
 
Presentation A woman presented for routine second trimester antenatal ultrasound
 
 
 
Caption: Coronal and transverse views of fetal thorax
Description: There is evidence of bilateral pleural effusions. The skin is significantly thickened and is best appreciated on the transverse image.
 
 
 
Caption: Transverse image of the fetal abdomen
Description: The subcutaneous tissues are highly edematous. There is also a small amount of ascitic fluid in the abdomen.
 
 
 
Caption: Scan through the fetal abdomen
Description: Along with the thickened subcutaneous tissues, there is hepatomegaly and ascites.
 
 
 
Caption: Serial images demonstrating the placenta, fetal abdomen and the femur
Description: The placenta appears bulky. There is evidence of polyhydramnios. The femur length corresponds to gestational age of 21 weeks.
 
Differential Diagnosis Fetal hydrops
 
Final Diagnosis Fetal hydrops
 
Follow Up The fetus was aborted. A karyotype analysis could not be performed.
 
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