Intrauterine Fetal Death (IUFD) and Anaesthesia, Obstetrics

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Abstract

Intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) refers to babies with no signs of life in utero1. Late IUFD (>24 weeks gestation) is relatively common with the stillbirth rate in Scotland being approximately 5 in 1000 total births. Most women will be suitable for vaginal delivery and many will have been induced. The main complications relate to coagulopathy and sepsis. Prolonged expectant management carries higher risks. In addition to being a distressing time for the woman and her family, stillbirth is rated more painful than live birth and more analgesia may be utilised.

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