Hydrops due to myocarditis in a fetus.

K. Benirschke, W. H. Swartz, G. Leopold, D. Sahn

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At 18 weeks of gestation a fetus was studied sonographically because of advanced maternal age and found to have hydrops of unknown etiology with ascites, pleural, and pericardial effusions. An abortion was performed and in the fetal/placental material myocarditis and thyroiditis were documented. Maternal antibodies to Coxsackie virus B5 showed a onefold rise. Tentatively, the hydrops is assigned to Coxsackie virus myocarditis, a lesion not previously identified in fetuses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-133
Number of pages3
JournalThe American journal of cardiovascular pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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