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Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Feb;33(2):232-4. doi: 10.1002/uog.6289.

Fetoscopic release of umbilical cord amniotic band in a human fetus.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Surgery, Fetal Surgery Unit, Hospital Universitari Vall Hebron, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Area Maternoinfantil, Barcelona, Spain.


Umbilical cord amniotic bands occur in approximately 10% of cases of amniotic band syndrome and are a well-known cause of fetal death. An unexpected amniotic band encircling the umbilical cord was diagnosed during a fetoscopic procedure to release a leg constriction. Both bands were released fetoscopically using a YAG laser. We report the first case of an amniotic band involving the umbilical cord diagnosed and released prenatally.

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