dead fetus syndrome

dead fe·tus syn·drome

syndrome characterized by lengthy intrauterine retention of a dead fetus usually longer than 4 weeks with development of hypofibrinogenemia and occasionally disseminated intravascular coagulopathy.

dead fetus syndrome

a condition in which the fetus has died but has remained in the uterus for some time. The condition leads to a blood coagulation disorder and disseminated intravascular coagulation, and the eventual delivery is usually accompanied by massive bleeding. See also disseminated intravascular coagulation.
A condition caused by the intrauterine death of a gestational product, with retention of a foetus for > 48 hours—missed labor—occurring after the 20th week of pregnancy
Management In the US, generally, await spontaneous onset of labor for up to 2 weeks, then induce labour barring foetal or maternal dystocia, with either PGE2 in a vaginal or cervical gel, or oxytocin; intra-amniotic saline injection is no longer recommended
Complication DIC

dead fetus syndrome

Macerated fetus syndrome Obstetrics The clinical complex due to intrauterine death of a gestational product, with retention of a fetus for > 48 hrs–missed labor, occurring after the 20th wk of pregnancy Management In the US, generally await spontaneous onset of labor for up to 2 wks, then induce labor barring fetal or maternal dystocia, with either PGE2 in a vaginal or cervical gel, or oxytocin Complication DIC
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