Spontaneous resolution of fetal and neonatal ascites after birth

Mohamed Abdellatif*, Siham Alsinani, Zenab Al-Balushi, Tamima Al-Dughaishi, Mazen Abuanza, Nihal Al-Riyami

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


Fetal ascites is an uncommon abnormality usually reported in relation to non- immunological causes. The prospect for fetal and neonatal mortality is high, particularly when the ascites develops before 24 weeks of gestation. The diminution of severe fetal ascites without intrauterine management, especially with an uncomplicated neonatal outcome, is unusual. We report a case of isolated fetal ascites detected at 20 weeks' gestation. All investigations carried out were normal. Consecutive ultrasound examination showed ascites at 20 weeks' gestation. A follow-up ultrasound examination at 6 months of age revealed complete recovery from the ascites. Spontaneous resolution of fetal ascites, with a good prognosis, can occur in cases with an idiopathic aetiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-178
Number of pages4
JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • Case report
  • Fetal ascites
  • Oman
  • Prognosis
  • Spontaneous resolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Spontaneous resolution of fetal and neonatal ascites after birth'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this