Fetal hydrops refers to the accumulation of fluid in two or more compartments of the body of the fetus. The fluid may be in the chest and abdomen, and sometimes, there is generalized swelling due to fluid accumulating in the tissues. Fetal hydrops can be due to a range of fetal disorders, including those of the blood or heart, fetal infections and more rare conditions that may be genetically inherited.
Fetal Hydrops: Why Choose Johns Hopkins
- Fetal hydrops is a physical marker of other underlying conditions or diseases.
- We understand the urgency involved with treating a fetus with a fetal hydrops diagnosis. Our care team is available to take your call at any time and will see you as soon as possible.
- The outcome for fetal hydrops depends on the underlying cause, the presence of associated genetic conditions, the impact of the fluid on development and body function, and the response to fetal therapy.
- After treatment for fetal hydrops, our patients will have continued access to the most advanced multidisciplinary care at Johns Hopkins, including our fetal, maternal and pediatric specialties.
Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you detect and treat fetal hydrops.
Joint Appointment in Surgery
Director, Center for Fetal Therapy
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director of Obstetric Anesthesia