Fetal malformations associated with chronic polyhydramnios in singleton pregnancies

A. Golan*, I. Wolman, R. Langer, M. P. David

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Forty-one congenital malformations were found in 28 newborns in a group of 197 cases of chronic polyhydramnios in singleton pregnancies. Of these, a total of 61% ( 17 28) was antenatally diagnosed ultrasonically. Nine newborns (4.5%) had malformations of the central nervous system (CNS), 9 (4.5%) cardiovascular malformations, 8 (4.1%) musculoskeletal anomalies, 7 (3.6%) malformations of the urinary and reproductive system, 4 (2%) respiratory system anomalies and 3 (1.6%) anomalies of the gastrointestinal system. Chromosomal abnormalities were found in three cases. As the association of polyhydramnios with fetal congenital anomalies is quite high (14.2% in our series), it is imperative to make a major effort to antenatally detect as many cases as possible. This means that in the case of hydramnios the following are required: ultrasound examination by an expert, echo ultrasonography when no other abnormalities are detected, and maybe even a chromosomal analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 28 Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic polyhydramnios
  • Fetal malformation
  • Polyhydramnios
  • Pregnancy, singleton
  • Ultrasound


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