Successful management of fetal hydrothorax associated with hydrops

Erasmo Huertas, Adelita Híjar, Igor Huerta, José C. Elias, Armando Florez, Luis M. Gomez

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© 2018, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd. All rights reserved. We report a case of massive unilateral hydrothorax diagnosed at 18 weeks’ gestation in a fetus with normal karyotype. The fetus was affected severely by hydrops from 22 weeks. Initially, we performed a pleurodesis, but due to worsening hydrothorax evolving into hydrops, we proceeded with insertion of a trans-placental thoracoamniotic shunt. Improvement was evident from 1 week after the procedure followed by resolution of hydrothorax for the remainder of the pregnancy. After a cesarean delivery at 37 weeks, the neonate required prolonged neonatal intensive care unit stay. He was discharged when he was 2 months old and has remained stable until the present time.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)145-147
Number of pages3
JournalDonald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018


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