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Polyhydramnios - multiple amniotic sacs ?

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During an ultrasound I was told I had polyhydramnios (and subsequently went through the weekly sonograms, BPP, etc) and it was later discovered that I actually had four amniotic sacs. Can you tell me if polyhydramnios does include having more than one amniotic sac, or is it a diagnosis only used for excessive amniotic fluid? In relation to that, if polyhydramnios does indeed only refer to excessive amniotic fluid, can you tell me how/why a woman could have more than one amniotic sac?


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replied March 25th, 2010
Complications during Pregnancy Answer A10922
Hi,

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out. Polyhydroamnios is excess of amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac. The amniotic sac is a tough but thin transparent pair of membranes which holds a developing embryo (and later fetus) until shortly before birth. More than one amniotic sacs means multiple pregnancies like diamniotic pregnancy is when there are more than one amnions inside one chorion or each having their own chorion (dichorionic).

In a multiple gestation pregnancy, the cause of polyhydramnios usually is twin-twin transfusion syndrome. So polyhydroamnios does not mean multiple amniotic sacs but may be present along with multiple amniotic sacs.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.



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