Stillbirth Research Published in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research published in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that, despite full standard investigation, in the majority of cases of stillbirth the cause remains unknown. The analysis, carried out by a Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) led team looking at the effectiveness of different elements of the post mortem process, highlights the need for further research to improve post mortem techniques to better detect a cause of death.

The findings from the research, funded by the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, are highlighted in the collection of six papers below. These articles are significant as they challenge the accepted thinking on the diagnosis and causes of stillbirth and earlier deaths in the womb from 12 to 24 weeks, and the value of specific elements of the traditional post mortem process.

The press release related to this collection is available here.

Stillbirth and intrauterine fetal death: factors affecting determination of cause of death at autopsy
J. Man, J. C. Hutchinson, A. E. Heazell, M. Ashworth, S. Levine, N. J. Sebire

Stillbirth and intrauterine fetal death: contemporary demographic features of >1000 cases from an urban population
J. Man, J. C. Hutchinson, M. Ashworth, A. E. Heazell, I. Jeffrey, N. J. Sebire

Stillbirth and intrauterine fetal death: role of routine histological organ sampling to determine cause of death
J. Man, J. C. Hutchinson, M. Ashworth, L. Judge‐Kronis, S. Levine, N. J. Sebire

Effects of intrauterine retention and postmortem interval on body weight following intrauterine death: implications for assessment of fetal growth restriction at autopsy
J. Man, J. C. Hutchinson, M. Ashworth, A. E. Heazell, S. Levine, N. J. Sebire

Stillbirth and intrauterine fetal death: role of routine histopathological placental findings to determine cause of death
J. Man, J. C. Hutchinson, A. E. Heazell, M. Ashworth, I. Jeffrey, N. J. Sebire

Organ weights and ratios for postmortem identification of fetal growth restriction: utility and confounding factors
J. Man, J. C. Hutchinson, M. Ashworth, I. Jeffrey, A. E. Heazell, N. J. Sebire

These articles are part of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology’s Stillbirth Special Issue on Pregnancy Loss

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