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The ultrasonic appearance of intravascular gas in fetal death.
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PMID:  6632058     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Real-time ultrasonography permits an accurate diagnosis of intrauterine fetal death by documenting absent cardiac motion. Occasionally, intravascular and/or intracardiac gas arises from maceration following fetal demise. The presence of gas in the heart and circulatory system alters the ultrasonic appearance of the fetal body. What may appear to be technically poor visualization of the fetus secondary to tissue maceration, oligohydramnios, or maternal factors may, in fact, be due to reverberation artifacts produced by intravascular gas. These characteristic echogenic foci have been radiographically proven to represent intrafetal gas. Recognition of the appearance of gas in the circulatory system is important since gas is a pathognomonic sign of fetal death.
B J Weinstein; L D Platt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine     Volume:  2     ISSN:  0278-4297     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ultrasound Med     Publication Date:  1983 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-12-20     Completed Date:  1983-12-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211547     Medline TA:  J Ultrasound Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  451-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Fetal Death / diagnosis*
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