The amniotic band syndrome is a condition where the fetus gets entangled in the amniotic band in the womb. This restricts the flow of blood and affects the growth of the baby.
Amniotic band syndrome is connected to many birth defects depending on which part of the body gets affected. If the band gets entangled in the limb then the limb may have amputated. The same applies for when the entangle happens in the toes or fingers or any other part of the arm or legs.
In case the entangle happens across the face of the fetus then this could lead to a palate or a cleft lip. The baby could also be born having a club foot. The bands could also get warped around the umbilical cord and cause miscarriage.
Amniotic band syndrome or ABS is a rare condition and is not genetic. It is also not likely that ABS could affect any future pregnancies.
Symptoms of ABS
The symptoms of abs are not concrete and could vary from one fetus to another. Some fetuses could only suffer from a mild deformity while another could suffer from a condition that could be life-threatening. The ABS develops around 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Causes of ABS
ABS is not genetic and does not affect future pregnancies. The view is that the inner membrane gets ruptured without causing any injury to the outer membrane. This causes the fetus to get exposed to some fibrous sticky tissues which float on the uterus water. This fibrous tissue gets entangled and this reduces the supply of blood and causes abnormalities. Some cases could lead to amputation of the limbs naturally.
Choices available for a pregnant woman
There is no increase in risk to the mother because of ABS. Most of the complications get handled after the baby is born. A detailed examination is done before any fetal surgery carried out. If the case is mild then surgery may not be required. The syndrome monitored using ultrasound to check for an increase in the severity.
In severe cases, a fetal surgery carried out taking care to check the risks to the mother and the baby. This will call for a full examination because each case is unique and could also lead to some other complications. Fetal surgery is most recommended when the band is around the limb affecting the flow of blood to the limb.
If the fetus has a condition of amniotic band syndrome may need to get treated after birth. A reconstructive surgery required to correct the grooves. The surgery could either be mild or a major one depending on the severity of the deformity. The anaplastic surgeon can help you with treatment options after birth.
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