Maternal Mirror Syndrome (Ballantyne Syndrome)
Maternal mirror syndrome occurs when a pregnant woman has excessive accumulation of fluid in two or more fetal compartments. The mother suffers the same symptoms as the sick fetus. She will become ill and have signs of preeclampsia: water retention, high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It is caused by problems related to fluid retention such as fluid in the sac where the baby develops. The syndrome occurs when there is an unusually high amount of fluid in the fetal tissues. The mother must be closely monitored. She may show symptoms include vomiting, swelling and/or fluid accumulation in her lungs. And she could suffer from bladder obstruction, bladder rupture and urine in the abdominal cavity. There is also a chance that the unborn baby could die. The syndrome is dangerous for both the expectant mother and her fetus. There have been cases in which the fetus died. The mother must receive urgent treatment from medical professionals which could include an emergency Caesarean section.