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Amniotic Band Syndrome


Synonyms of Amniotic Band Syndrome
  • ABS
  • Amnion Rupture Sequence
  • Amniotic Bands
  • Amniotic Band Sequence
  • Amniotic Deformity, Adhesions, Mutilations (ADAM) Complex
  • Congenital Constriction Rings
  • Constriction Band Syndrome
  • Limb Body Wall Complex
  • Streeter Anomaly
  • Streeter Bands
  • Streeter Dysplasia

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Amniotic band syndrome is a well-known condition potentially associated with a variety of different birth defects. It is important to note that no two cases of amniotic band syndrome are exactly alike and that the associated symptoms are highly variable. The severity of amniotic band syndrome can range from a single, isolated finding to multiple, disfiguring complications. The arms and legs are most often affected. The head and face and, in some cases, various internal organs can also be affected. The exact cause of amniotic band syndrome is unknown and controversial. Two main theories have been proposed to explain the development of the disorder. One theory attributes the disorder to causes that arise internally within the fetus (intrinsic theory); the other theory attributes the disorder to causes acting upon the fetus externally (extrinsic theory). It is likely that both internal and external factors can cause amniotic band syndrome, and that the cause of the disorder in one infant may be different from the cause in another infant.

    Organizations related to Amniotic Band Syndrome
    • Birth Defect Research for Children
      930 Woodcock Rd
      Orlando FL 32803
      Phone #: 407-895-0802
      800 #: --
      e-mail: staff@birthdefects.org
      Home page: http://www.birthdefects.org
    • Birth Defects Foundation
      BDF Centre
      Staffordshire Intl WS11 7GF
      Phone #: 087-00--707020
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@bdfnewlife.co.uk
      Home page: http://www.birthdefects.co.uk
    • Fetal Hope Foundation
      9786 S Holland Street
      Littelton CO 80127
      Phone #: 303-932-0553
      800 #: 877-789-4673
      e-mail: info@fetalhope.org
      Home page: http://www.fetalhope.org
    • Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
      PO Box 8126
      Gaithersburg MD 20898-8126
      Phone #: 301-519-3194
      800 #: 888-205-2311
      e-mail: gardinfo@nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.genome.gov/10000409
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      31 Center Dr
      Bethesda MD 20892
      Phone #: 301-496-5133
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/
    • Reach: The Association for Children with Hand or Arm Deficiency
      P.O. Box 54
      Cornwall, Intl TR13 8WD
      Phone #: 084-5 1-306225
      800 #: --
      e-mail: reach@reach.org.uk
      Home page: http://www.reach.org.uk



    For a Complete Report

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ? (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html