Hydrops fetalis-trends in associated diagnoses and mortality from 1997-2018.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVES: To describe and evaluate trends in the etiology and mortality risk in neonates admitted for neonatal intensive care with hydrops fetalis. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of de-identified patient data in the Pediatrix Clinical Data Warehouse from 1997 to 2018. RESULTS: We identified 2144 infants diagnosed with hydrops fetalis. The most common diagnoses were congenital heart disease (n = 325, 15.2%), genetic diagnoses (n = 269, 12.5%) and cardiac arrhythmia (n = 176, 8.2%). Of 2144 neonates, 988 (46%) survived to hospital discharge and 775 (36%) died prior to discharge. Mortality rate was highly variable across diagnoses, ranging from 90% in infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia to 0% in infants with atrial flutter. Over the study period, more infants were diagnosed with trisomies and fewer with twin-to-twin transfusion. Mortality decreased by 5% from 1997-2007 to 2008-2018. CONCLUSIONS: The risk of death among neonates with hydrops fetalis is highly dependent on the underlying cause, with increasing risk of mortality at lower gestational ages.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tolia, VN; Hunter Clark, R; Perelmuter, B; Frankfurt, JA; Ahmad, KA; Abrams, ME; Cohen, JL; Clark, RH

Published Date

  • October 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 2537 - 2543

PubMed ID

  • 34385586

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-5543

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41372-021-01179-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States