Sudden Intrapartum Fetal Death in Fetuses with Absent Pulmonary Valve Syndrome: Report of Two Cases

American Journal of Perinatology Reports. 2012;02(01):039-042 DOI 10.1055/s-0032-1311989


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Journal Title: American Journal of Perinatology Reports

ISSN: 2157-6998 (Print); 2157-7005 (Online)

Publisher: Thieme Medical Publishers

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Gynecology and obstetrics

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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Susan F. Wilson (Tufts Medical Center, Boston)
Geoffrey P. Wong (Tufts Medical Center, Boston)
Mark V. Zilberman (Tufts Medical Center, Boston)
Adam C. Urato (Tufts Medical Center, Boston)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Objective - To describe potential intrapartum complications for fetuses affected by absent pulmonary valve syndrome. Study Design - Two cases of intrapartum fetal death at full term were collected from our institution's labor and delivery unit records. Results - In both cases of intrapartum fetal death, the fetuses had been diagnosed with absent pulmonary valve syndrome and had likely experienced acute cardiac events during labor. Both were delivered as stillbirths despite emergency cesarean delivery. Conclusion - Patients should be counseled prior to labor about potential intrapartum complications for a fetus with absent pulmonary valve syndrome. Plans for fetal monitoring and the extent of aggressive intervention should be in place before labor in case sudden complications occur.