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Incorrect sexing after pregnancy loss: A note of caution

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  • Alison Hills
  • Robert Fox
  • Mary Gardner
  • Dimitrios Siassakos
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-567
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number9
DatePublished - 1 Sep 2011


This article provides a report of a 22-week gestation intrauterine fetal death, incorrectly sexed as male on examination at time of delivery. The fetus was later found to have a normal female genitalia and karyotype. The authors discuss when errors in sexing are likely and recommend routine use of quantitative-fluorescent PCR (QF-PCR) for assessment of fetal sex in cases of extreme prematurity, maceration and fetal hydrops.


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