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What is intrauterine fetal demise?

An intrauterine fetal demise is when the fetus dies while in the uterus. Prior to the diagnosis, there may be the absence of fetal movement or the absence of a fetal heart beat during a prenatal visit. The diagnosis of an intrauterine fetal demise is usually confirmed by the inability to visualize a fetal heartbeat and fetal movement on an ultrasound evaluation.

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