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What are the consequences of moderate or severe oligohydramnios?

By Zaira Salvador B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 01/25/2022

The lack of amniotic fluid for a prolonged period of time can affect the organogenesis and growth of the fetus, especially the maturation of the lungs, leading to pulmonary hypoplasia.

At the time of delivery, oligohydramnios can also lead to complications such as fetal distress or meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS), leading to emergency cesarean section.

 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.