Hydrops fetalis caused by alpha-thalassemia: an emerging health care problem.
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HYDROPS FETALIS is a serious disorder, usually indicative of an ominous prognosis for the affected fetus. There are many causes, including both hereditary and acquired diseases.1-3 In southeast Asia, -thalassemia is the most common cause of fetal hydrops, accounting for 60% to 90% of the cases.4-7 With population migrations during the past decades, this syndrome is now seen in increasing numbers in other parts of the world.
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