In a retrospective study from 210 foetal autopsies carried out in a period between 1992 and 1999 fifteen hydropic foetuses were found. The cause of the hydrops was shown to be Rh incompatibility in one case only. The cause of hydrops was not discernible in one case. In the others pathological examination clarified the cause and pathomechanism of non-immune hydrops. One isolated cystic hygroma, one monochorionic twin pregnancy with twin to twin transfusion, one case of sacrococcygeal teratoma and 4 cases of congenital heart diseases were reported. Postmortem interphase cytogenetic examination showed X0 monosomy in 2 cases. In further 4 foetuses pathognomic viral inclusions in the proerythroblasts raised the probability of parvovirus B19 infection what was confirmed by immunohistochemistry and electronmicroscopic examination. The occurrence of the parvovirus B19 associated cases of foetal hydrops was shown to be higher (4/15) in this series than in the literature. The accumulation of cases in 1998 is suggestive of an outbreak. The prenatal diagnostic implications and the attempts on further management are also discussed.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 23 2000|
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