What is hydrops fetalis?

Also known as: Fetal hydrops, hydrops, erythroblastosis fetalis.

Hydrops fetalis is an abnormal collection of fluid in at least two different organ spaces (like the skin, abdomen, around the heart and/or lungs) causing massive swelling. It is a severe, life-threatening problem in fetuses and/or newborns.

There are two major types:

  • immune (also called erythroblastosis fetalis)
  • non-immune hydrops

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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