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Amniotic band syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Amniotic bands sequence
  • Congenital constricting bands
  • Familial amniotic bands
  • Streeter anomaly
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Overview

Amniotic band syndrome refers to a condition in which bands extend from (and originating from) the inner lining of the amnion. The amnion is the sac that surrounds the baby in the womb. As the baby develops in the womb, its extremities may become entangled in the amniotic band resulting in constriction or even amputation.[1] When this happens the baby is said to have amniotic band syndrome.[2] Amniotic bands are thought to happen sporadically or in association with trauma to the abdomen. It can be a complication after an amniocentesis and/or it can indicate early rupture of the amniotic sac.[1]
Last updated: 2/17/2010

References

  1. Wehbeh H et al. Obstet Gynecol. 1993; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8459968. Accessed 10/17/2013.
  2. Amniotic Band Syndrome / ABS: An Overview of Amniotic Band Syndrome. The Fetal Care Center of Cincinatti. 2005; http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/service/f/fetal-care/conditions/abs/default/. Accessed 10/17/2013.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Amniotic bands sequence
  • Congenital constricting bands
  • Familial amniotic bands
  • Streeter anomaly
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.