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Can polyhydramnios always be detected?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Polyhydramnios can be detected during clinical assessment of the pregnant abdomen or during ultrasound evaluation.  During assessment of the abdomen the finding of uterine size greater than gestational age, shiny skin with new stria and difficulty palpating fetal parts are indicators or polyhydramnios.  On ultrasound evaluation visualization of large fluid pockets and the calculation of an Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI) will confirm the diagnosis.
Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Polyhydramnios cannot always be detected. A mild case of polyhydramnios, occurring late in pregnancy, will not always cause noticeable symptoms. Fortunately, these cases are also unlikely to be harmful. Polyhydramnios will not necessarily persist to the end of pregnancy.

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