What is Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS)?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to Seattle Children’s Hospital, while babies are in the womb, a sac of fluid (amniotic sac) surrounds and protects them. In amniotic band syndrome, thin strands of tissue form inside this sac. The strands tangle around the baby, like strings or rubber bands, trapping parts of their body. Pressure from the strands can affect the way your baby forms.
Amniotic Band Syndrome can cause a number of different birth defects depending on which body part(s) is affected. The baby may be born missing fingers, toes, portions of an arm or leg or even a cleft lip and palate. In a large number of cases the baby is also born with clubfeet.
Amniotic band syndrome can be difficult to detect during pregnancy as the individual strands are difficult to see on ultrasound. Often the bands are detected indirectly because of the constrictions and swelling upon limbs, digits, etc. Misdiagnosis is also common, so if there are any signs of amniotic bands, further detailed ultrasound tests should be done to assess the severity. 3D ultrasound and MRI can be used for more detailed and accurate diagnosis.
Amniotic Band Syndrome is also known as: “Amniotic band constriction”, “ADAM complex”, “Amniotic band sequence”, “Congenital constriction bands” and “Pseudoainhum”
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