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A Case of Nonimmune Hydrops Fetalis Caused by Homozygous α-Thalassemia.


Hydrops fetalis is a serious condition which indicates poor prognosis for the affected fetus. Although the incidence of isoimmune hydrops fetalis has decreased markedly, nonimmune hydrops fetalis cases have been more frequently reported. Nonimmune-mediated hydrops can be caused by hemoglobinopathies. In this report we present a case of nonimmune hydrops fetalis caused by homozygous α-thalassemia. Because of the high incidence of the disease in our country, α-thalassemia should be investigated in all cases with nonimmune hydrops fetalis.None declared.