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Nonimmune Hydrops Fetalis Part II: Does Etiology Influence Mortality?

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HYDROPS FETALIS IS A CONDITION in which there is an excess of total body fluid, primarily within the fetal interstitial spaces.1,2 Etymologically, hydrops fetalis is a Latin term meaning "edema of the fetus."2,3 In addition to generalized edema, the fetus has at least one of the following: ascites, pericardial effusion, pleural effusion(s), and an abnormally thick (>6 cm) placenta.4–6 Hydrops is classified as nonimmune hydrops fetalis (NIHF) when it occurs without evidence of isoimmunization.7,8

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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