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J Family Med Prim Care. 2018 May-Jun;7(3):635-637. doi: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_83_18.

Hyperechoic amniotic fluid in a term pregnancy.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka.


The presence of highly echogenic amniotic fluid (AF) is uncommon, and presence creates a dilemma in the mind of the clinician. Echogenic AF has been attributed to meconium, blood, and vernix caseosa. Many studies have shown that the presence of meconium is unlikely in most cases. We report a case of highly echogenic AF detected at 37 weeks which was managed conservatively with careful fetal monitoring for further 2 weeks expecting spontaneous onset of labor. Labor was induced due to reduced fetal movements at 39 weeks. Healthy baby weighing 3130 g was delivered by cesarean section after a failed induction with prostaglandin.


Amniotic fluid; hyperechoic; liquor; meconium; term pregnancy

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