Absent fetal stomach on ultrasound (differential)

Dr Owen Kang and Radswiki et al.

Non-visualisation of the fetal stomach on ultrasound can occur with various physiological as well as pathological processes. It becomes a significant sonographic observation >14 weeks of gestation (about the time the fetus begins to swallow).

Causes include:

If there is non-visualisation of the fetal stomach >18 weeks, there is an 85% chance of an abnormality.

See also

Ultrasound - obstetric
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rID: 15555
System: Obstetrics
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Non visualisation of fetal stomach on ultrasound
  • Absent fetal stomach on ultrasound
  • Differential diagnosis of non visualisation of fetal stomach on ultrasound

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