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Oligohydramnios, Hydramnios and Polyhydramnios: Birth Injuries Relating To Amniotic Fluid

Oligohydramnios near term may be an indication for delivery, either by induction or c-section.

During pregnancy, the baby floats inside the placenta in a liquid known as amniotic fluid. The fluid is swallowed by the fetus. It is then excreted by urination. The level of amniotic fluid within the placenta may be a marked for fetal distress. The failure to diagnose low amniotic fluid, or the failure to diagnose too much amniotic fluid, can cause a birth injury due to medical malpractice.

Oligohydramnios is a condition where there is not enough amniotic fluid. It is usually marked by an AFI of less than 6. Hydramnios and Polyhadramnios is a condition where there is too much amniotic fluid. It is usually marked by an AFI of greater than 18. Generally, if there is an appropriate amount of amniotic fluid, a doctor may assume that the baby’s kidneys are functioning normally, which usually means that the heart is functioning normally, and on down the line.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice cases involving birth injuries, including placental abruptions and stillbirths arising out of high and low levels of amniotic fluids. If you have been diagnosed with oligohydramnios or polyhydramnios, you and/or your family may need to file a birth injury lawsuit in order to secure compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice lawyer, contact Bottar Law, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at

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