As the information obtained from previable fetal and stillbirth autopsies is used not only to explain the loss to the parents, but for future pregnancy planning, general pathologists need to be comfortable in dealing with these autopsies. The importance of an adequate fetal examination has been emphasized in a recent policy on the subject by the American Board of Pathology http://www.abpath.org/FetalAutopsyPolicy.pdf. This second review paper covers the approach to hydrops fetalis. The approach to the nonanomalous and anomalous fetus was covered in the first part of this series.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- congenital abnormalities
- pregnancy complications