Recurrent nonimmune hydrops fetalis

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Abstract

A case of recurrent nonimmune hydrops fetalis is presented. In each of the 2 pregnancies involved, early neonatal death occurred. Only 1 other case could be discovered in the literature where the problem recurred. Hence, normally, a good prognosis for future pregnancies is given. In spite of extensive investigation, the etiology of nonimmune hydrops fetalis remains unknown. The condition is associated with preeclampsia, polyhydramnios, and premature labor. While the polyhydramnios renders management difficult, it makes the ultrasound diagnosis much clearer. This early diagnosis ensures the availability of optimal perinatal care for the infant on delivery.

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