Amniotic constriction bands: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

The severity of the deformity can vary widely from only one toe or finger being affected to an entire arm or leg missing or being severely underdeveloped. Symptoms may include:

* Abnormal gap in the face (if it goes across the face, it is called a cleft)
* All or part of an arm or leg missing (congenital amputation)
* Defect of the abdomen or chest wall (if band is located in those areas)
* Permanent band or indentation around an arm, leg, finger, or toe

Diagnosis & Tests

The health care provider can diagnose this condition during a physical exam. The disease is usually diagnosed at birth.

Amniotic constriction bands: Overview, causes

Amniotic constriction bands: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Amniotic constriction bands: Treatment

Review Date : 12/14/2009
Reviewed By : Kimberly G Lee, MD, MSc, IBCLC, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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