PMID: 3964597Mar 1, 1986Paper

Aetiology of non-immune hydrops: the value of echocardiography

British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
L D AllanM G Chapman


Forty-eight pregnancies, five of them multiple, were referred for fetal cardiac assessment following the detection of non-immune hydrops fetalis; there were 52 hydropic fetuses in total. A cardiovascular aetiology was found in 21 of these 52 (40%); structural heart disease was present in 13, tachyarrhythmia in the remaining eight. The accurate delineation of these causes was possible using fetal echocardiography, and enabled rational management to be instituted. This included termination of pregnancy, pharmacological control of arrhythmias and appropriate timing of delivery.


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