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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 126-128

Resolution of isolated large fetal pericardial effusion after delivery

Department of Pediatrics, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Sawangi Meghe, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Amar M Taksande
Department of Pediatrics, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Sawangi Meghe, Wardha - 442 102, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.180423

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Pericardial effusion (PE) is detectable during routine obstetric ultrasonography. PE is the result of the same mechanism that produces fetal hydrops. Structural cardiac malformations and fetal cardiac arrhythmias are the most common cause of nonimmune hydrops. A male infant weighing 2300 g was born by through elective cesarean section. Isolated large PE was detected in a fetus at 34 weeks of gestation. The women delivered a male neonate at 37 weeks period of gestation through elective cesarean section. Baby cried immediately after birth with APGAR score 7, 9, 10 at 1, 5, and 10 min, respectively. Though the mother condition was stable. The baby was shifted to special care neonatal unit in view of for respiratory distress and severe grunt. Neonatal echocardiography showed trivial tricuspid regurgitation with no PE. Most fetal PEs resolve and fetuses with isolated PEs have a good prognosis.

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