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Vol. 31, No. 2, 2012
Issue release date: March 2012
Section title: Novel Insights from Clinical Practice
Fetal Diagn Ther 2012;31:134–137

Fetoscopic Release of an Amniotic Band with Risk of Amputation: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Richter J.a · Wergeland H.b · DeKoninck P.a · De Catte L.a · Deprest J.A.a
aDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospitals of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; bDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ullevål University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
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Jan Deprest

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Amniotic bands can cause limb amputation as well as intrauterine fetal demise. Fetoscopic release of amniotic bands has been shown to rescue limb function. Herein, we describe an interesting case of an amniotic band wrapped around the right forearm as well as the umbilical cord, which was released by fetoscopy. Following the procedure, the blood flow in the forearm was restored and the edema gradually reduced. Full functionality of the arm was confirmed after birth, though the esthetic problem of the imprint of the band on the arm persisted. Furthermore, we review the available literature regarding fetoscopic interventions in amniotic band syndrome.

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Received: 10/11/2011 8:46:34 PM
Accepted: 11/10/2011
Published online: 1/14/2012

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 1015-3837 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9964 (Online)

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