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Prenat Diagn. 2007 Sep;27(9):793-9.

Fetal pleural effusion.

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1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Milano, Ospedale Buzzi, Via Castelvetro 32, Milano - Italy.

Abstract

Fetal pleural effusion, a nonspecific accumulation of fluid in the pleural space, is an uncommon anomaly which can be associated with aneuploidy and a range of other structural malformations or genetic syndromes. Spontaneous resolution is not rare and confers a good prognosis. Perinatal outcome is better for those fetuses without hydrops than those presenting with hydrops. A detailed review of the literature indicates that, for fetuses with persistent effusions, in utero intervention (repeated thoracocentesis, intrauterine shunting and pleurodesis) may improve the chances of survival.

PMID:
17602440
DOI:
10.1002/pd.1768
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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