J Med Assoc Thai 2011; 94 (10):1267

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Fetal Pleural Effusions with Spontaneous Resolution: A Case Report
Saksiriwuttho P Mail, Ratanasiri T , Komwilaisak R

A 42-year-old pregnant woman was referred with massive fetal bilateral pleural effusions. Observation with serial
ultrasound was made. The documented spontaneous resolution of fetal pleural effusion was recorded. Neonatal examination
revealed a completely healthy infant with normal respiration.

Fetal pleural effusion can cause fetal lung compression, abnormal neonatal respiration and finally, neonatal
mortality. Regular ultrasounds are one of the supportive options due to spontaneous resolution that can occur in 9 to 22% of
the cases.

Keywords: Fetal pleural effusion, Spontaneous resolution

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