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Polyhydramnios is a condition in which there is too much fluid in the amniotic sac, the sac that holds the developing baby (fetus). This liquid is called amniotic fluid, and it surrounds the fetus throughout pregnancy.
Polyhydramnios can be caused by:
Sometimes the cause of polyhydramnios may not be found.
Polyhydramnios increases the risk of:
Severe polyhydramnios may be treated with medicine, such as
indomethacin. Excess fluid is sometimes removed through a needle that is
inserted through the mother's abdomen into the amniotic sac
Newman RB, Rittenberg C (2008). Multiple gestations. In RS Gibbs et al., eds., Danforth's Obstetrics and Gynecology, 10th ed., pp. 220–245. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 16, 2017
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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