Fetal neurenteric cyst causing hydrops: case report and review of the literature.


Journal Article (Review)

Routine prenatal ultrasound revealed a unilocular cystic mass associated with upper thoracic hemivertebrae that grew to 6 cm at 28 weeks and was associated with hydrops. A thoraco-amniotic shunt decompressed the cyst and resolved the hydrops, but the shunt occluded 17 days later. Preterm labour led to vaginal delivery at 31 2/7 weeks. Postnatally, the cyst was decompressed by thoracentesis due to respiratory distress. It was resected on day four of life. Severe tracheobronchomalacia was present post-operatively, presumably due to prenatal mass effect of the cyst. At one year of age, the child has recovered completely without adverse respiratory or neurological sequelae.

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Cited Authors

  • Wilkinson, CC; Albanese, CT; Jennings, RW; Feldstein, VA; Goldberg, JD; Baehner, FL; Farrell, JA; Peacock, WJ; Harrison, MR

Published Date

  • February 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 118 - 121

PubMed ID

  • 10215067

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10215067

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-0223

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0197-3851

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/(sici)1097-0223(199902)19:2<118::aid-pd478>3.0.co;2-5


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