Potter sequence

The Potter sequence is a constellation of findings demonstrated postnatally as a consequence of severe, prolonged oligohydramnios in utero.

It consists of

These common clinical features can be easily recalled using the mnemonic POTTER.

Although originally associated with renal causes of olighydramnios, the Potter sequence may be seen with severe oligohydramnios of essentially any cause.

Common aetiologies include:

The prognosis is poor with a very high mortality rate, primarily secondary to pulmonary hypoplasia.

It is named after Edith Louise Potter (1901-1993), an American pathologist who described the syndrome specifically in association with bilateral renal agenesis 3.


Ultrasound - obstetric
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rID: 13724
Section: Pathology
Tags: cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Potter syndrome
  • Oligohydramnios sequence
  • Potter's sequence

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