Isolated fetal ascites detected by sonography: An unusual presentation of turner syndrome

Joseph R. Wax, Karin J. Blakemore, Iskender Baser, Gail Stetten

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The prenatal sonographic diagnosis of Turner syndrome usually depends upon the discovery of a cystic hygroma or nonimmune hydrops fetalis. This report describes isolated fetal ascites as a newly recognized presentation of the disorder. Intrapartum fetal paracentesis permitted atraumatic vaginal birth. The etiology of the ascites in this case was congenital intestinal lymphangiectasia, consistent with the generalized lymphatic hypoplasia previously described in Turner syndrome. (Obstet Gynecol 1992;79:862-3)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)862-863
Number of pages2
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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