Information on Amniotic Band Syndrome
Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS) is a rare congenital abnormality. With ABS, fetal parts, usually a limb or digits, become tangled or trapped in the fibrous amniotic bands while in utero. It can cause the baby's feet to be disfigured. ABS affects approximately one in every 1,200 live births. It is believed to be the cause of 178 in 10,000 miscarriages as well. Some researchers think ABS is caused by early amniotic rupture, which causes the formation of fibrous strands. The the limbs and appendages then get tangled in the fibrous strands.
Treatment for ABS could include surgery. Surgical excision of the fibrous band and any necrotic tissue may be necessary.
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