Hydrops fetalis

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Synonyms: Fetal anasarca | Fetal hydrops | Generalized fetal edema | HF

Hydrops fetalis is a severe and challenging fetal condition usually defined as the excessive accumulation of fetal fluid within the fetal extravascular compartments and body cavities that manifests as edema pleural and pericardial effusion and ascites. It is the end-stage of a wide variety of disorders. The cause may be immunologic (immune hydrops fetalis IHF) or non immunologic (non-immune hydrops fetalis NIHF) depending on the presence or absence of maternal antibodies against fetal red cell antigens (ABO incompatibility or rhesus (Rh) incompatibility).

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