In cases in which incompatibility is not identified before birth, the baby suffers recognizable characteristic symptoms such as anemia, hyperbilirubinemia, and hydrops fetalis.
Alpha thalassemia major, sometimes called hemoglobin Barts or hydrops fetalis, is a fatal disease that results in severe anemia that begins even before birth.
Complications are indicated by high levels of bilirubin in the amniotic fluid or baby's blood or if the ultrasound reveals hydrops fetalis.
Hydrops fetalis-A condition in which a fetus or newborn baby accumulates fluids, causing swollen arms and legs and impaired breathing.
Other symptoms that may be present include high levels of insulin and low blood sugar, as well as a condition called hydrops fetalis.
Hydrops fetalis is characterized by an accumulation of fluids within the baby's body, giving it a swollen appearance.
Extended hydrops fetalis can inhibit lung growth and contribute to heart failure.
Hydrops fetalis and anemia can also contribute to heart problems.
When any excessive accumulation takes place the condition is known as "hydrops " or " dropsy."
The liquid of ascites sometimes contains chyle in abundance (hydrops lacteus), the escape having taken place from a ruptured receptaculum chyli.