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Fetus papyraceus is being registered increasingly in Wessex

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 06 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1271
  1. Melanie J Gompels, regional CESDI coordinator (,
  2. David Davies, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist
  1. Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development, University of Southampton, Mailpoint 727, Southampton SO16 7PX
  2. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Portsmouth PO3 6AD

    EDITOR—Pharoah emphasises the importance of registering a fetus papyraceus for the parenting of the livebirth co-conceptus, counselling for future pregnancies, and research purposes.1 At a time when interhospital league tables of mortality are becoming commonplace, however, it is also important to ensure comparability of stillbirth statistics that take fetus papyraceus into account.

    The Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy (CESDI) provides the means to monitor in detail all deaths from 20 weeks of pregnancy …

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