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.
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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
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dead fetus syndromeMacerated 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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