Fetal cardiac abnormalities are one of the common causes of non-immune fetal hydrops. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent the late consequences that can occur as heart failure and intrauterine fetal death. Herein we report the case of a 32-year-old patient with a history of recurrent second trimester intrauterine fetal death. She presented with fetal hydrops at 23 weeks. A detailed echocardiography revealed that the fetus had a third degree atrioventricular block and advanced hydropic changes due to heart failure. Corticosteroid therapy was started but the fetus died in utero after 2 weeks.
Atrioventricular block, hydrops fetalis, intrauterine fetal death, heart failure
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Abbas AM, Ali S, Michael A. Recurrent second-trimester intrauterine fetal death due to undiagnosed atrioventricular block: A case report. Proc Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jul 26;7(2):Article 7 [7 p.]. https://doi.org/10.17077/2154-4751.1359. Free full text article.