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Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS)
  The Facts
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ABS or Amniotic Band Syndrome is an uncommon condition most commonly thought to be caused by the early rupture of the amnion during pregnancy. The rupture results in amniotic bands that insert themselves in the unborn baby. The bands most often affect the extremities but complications can range from ring constrictions to amputations to major organ defects.

Some common abnormalities that are found with ABS include clubfoot, cleft lip, cleft palate and clubhand.


1 in 1,200 to 1 in 15,000 live births

Treatment Options

Most commonly this condition is treated after the birth of the baby. Frequently upon birth the tissues have healed around the bands and "natural" amputation, if applicable, has already occurred. Surgical treatments to release the bands normally begin around 3 months of age. Physical therapy and plastic surgery are often fundamental to the healing and recovery process.

In-utero treatment of ABS...
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  ABS Stories
Levi's Miracle story with ABS (Amniotic Band Syndrome)

My name is Charissa. My son was born this summer affected by amniotic band syndrome. We were one of the few families who received an in utero... More

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  Treatment Centers
Texas Children's Hospital Fetal Center

Dr. Michael Belfort, Dr.Oluyinka Olutoye, Dr. Wesley Lee & Dr. Darrell Cass
Texas Children's Pavillion for Women
6651 Main Street, Suite F420
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 832-822-2229
Phone: 1-877-FetalRx (338-2579)


St. Louis Fetal Care Institute at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center

Ed Yang, MD, PhD and Mike Vlastos, MD
1465 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104-1095

Phone: (314) 268-4037
Phone: (877) SSM-FETL (877-776-3385)


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