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PERLIN BARRY M. MD; POMERANCE, JEFFREY J. MD, MPH; SCHIFRIN, BARRY S. MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology: May 1981
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Eight cases of nonimmunologic hydrops fetalis (HF) were seen at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center over a 3.5-year period. The etiology of the HF included 2 cases of fetal-maternal hemorrhage and 1 each of sacral teratoma, tachyarrhythmia, diaphragmatic hernia, neuroblastoma, and heart disease. For 1 infant, the cause was never found. These cases involved various diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas. Only 4 were anticipated ante partum by ultrasound scanning. Two of the 8 fetuses died in utero, whereas 4 others died in the neonatal period. Earlier diagnosis and evaluation are likely to improve these outcomes.

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