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Strauss, Alexander; Hasbargen, U.; Paek, Bettina; Bauerfeind, I.; Hepp, Hermann (2000): Intra-uterine fetal demise caused by amniotic band syndrome after standard amniocentesis. In: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, No. 1: pp. 4-7


The amniotic band syndrome represents a prime example of exogenous disruption of an otherwise normal feta I development. It may be a sequel of invasive diagnostic procedures such as amniocentesis or fetal blood sampling. A 38-year-old gravida II, para II delivered a morphologically normal male stillborn at term. The pregnancy history had been unremarkable but for an early 2nd-trimester amniocentesis. Cause of the intra-uterine fetal demise was noted to be an amniotic band constricting the umbilical cord, An amniotic band is a rare but potentially fatal condition which may be induced by, e.g., invasive prenatal procedures. Such bands are not usually diagnosed prenatally; however, selected patients with augmented risk may profit from intensive ultrasound evaluation including Doppler studies. Copyright (C) 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel.