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What level is considered severe polyhydramnios?

What level is considered severe polyhydramnios?

Based on AFI values obtained during prenatal screening, some clinicians categorize polyhydramnios into three groups according to severity: mild polyhydramnios (AFI of 25–30 cm), moderate polyhydramnios (30.1–35 cm) and severe polyhydramnios (≥ 35.1 cm) 87.

How much fluid is severe polyhydramnios?

If the initial ultrasound shows evidence of polyhydramnios, your health care provider may do a more detailed ultrasound. He or she will estimate the amniotic fluid volume (AFV) by measuring the single largest, deepest pocket of fluid around your baby. An AFV value of 8 centimeters or more suggests polyhydramnios.

Can a baby survive with high amniotic fluid?

Women with polyhydramnios may experience premature contractions, longer labor, difficulties breathing, and other problems during delivery. The condition can also cause complications for the fetus, including anatomical problems, malposition, and, in severe cases, death. Treatment aims to remove excess amniotic fluid.

How many cm of amniotic fluid is normal at 24 weeks?

A normal measurement is 2 to 8 centimeters (cm). A finding of less than 2 cm indicates low amniotic fluid at this stage. After 24 weeks of pregnancy, the most common way to measure amniotic fluid is called the AFI, or amniotic fluid index.

When do most cases of polyhydramnios occur?

In about 80% of cases the polyhydramnios is mild, in 15% moderate and in 5% severe. Most cases of mild polyhydramnios are idiopathic, but most cases with moderate or severe polyhydramnios are due to maternal or fetal disorders. In most cases, polyhydramnios develops late in the second or in the third trimester of pregnancy.

When to see a doctor for polyhydramnios?

Polyhydramnios severe enough to cause maternal respiratory compromise, significant discomfort, or preterm labor often has an underlying etiology, whereas idiopathic polyhydramnios, because it is usually mild and does not present until the mid-third trimester, does not typically require treatment.

How is polyhydramnios measured on an ultrasound?

Ultrasound diagnosis: The vertical measurement of the deepest pocket of amniotic fluid free of fetal parts is used to classify polyhydramnios into mild (8–11 cm), moderate (12–15 cm) and severe (≥16 cm).

How much amniotic fluid is too much polyhydramnios?

The definition of “too much” is generally considered to be more than 2 liters; the average amount is about 1 liter. Most cases of polyhydramnios are mild and involve less than 3 liters of amniotic fluid.