Amniotic bands refer to free-floating blind-ending amnion with an intact chorionic membrane. In certain situations, they lead to amniotic band syndrome. They should not be confused with amniotic shelves which refer to the presence of amnion folding around pre-existing uterine adhesions. Some advocate fetoscopic release of amniotic bands in selected cases 1-3.
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- 2. Hüsler MR, Wilson RD, Horii SC et-al. When is fetoscopic release of amniotic bands indicated? Review of outcome of cases treated in utero and selection criteria for fetal surgery. Prenat. Diagn. 2009;29 (5): 457-63. doi:10.1002/pd.2222 - Pubmed citation
- 3. Benacerraf BR. Ultrasound of fetal syndromes. Churchill Livingstone. (2008) ISBN:0443066418. Read it at Google Books - Find it at Amazon