Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos

This photo gallery shows some of the effects of Amniotic Band Syndrome. More images can be found with individual stories.

Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos
Amniotic Band Syndrome Photos

Amniotic band constricting thumb of newborn

In this photo of Evan's hand at birth you can see the banding line from his wrist to his pinky finger and around the wrist. The three fingers are webbed together (syndactyly). His three fingers are small, with abnormal finger nails, and missing some joints, there is also some lymphedema (swelling at the joint) of the index finger middle joint.

Syndactyly is when fingers are webbed together.

Acrosyndactyly is a more complex type of syndactyly. The fingers had separated but a band formed around the fingers causing them to refuse during development.

ABS is the most common cause of a congenital amputation of a limb/digit

ABS is the most common cause of a congenital amputation of a limb/digit

This image shows a banding line on a newborn's leg.

When bands wrap around limbs during development they can constrict the limb causing decreased blood supply and amputation.

Congenital Overlapping toes are characterized by one toe lying on top of an adjacent toe. Congenital Underlapping toes usually involve the fourth and fifth toes

A strong relationship between ABS and clubfoot exists. A 31.5% of associated clubfoot deformity and ABS can be correlated with 20% occurring bilaterally.

Oral clefting occurs when the tissues of the lip and/or palate of a fetus don't grow together early in pregnancy. Children with clefts often don't have enough tissue in their mouths, and the tissue they do have isn't fused together properly to form the roof of their mouths.

Nubbins - This is typical of Congenital Transverse Deficiency, considered by some as a form of ABS. A short below-the-elbow amputation. The fingers may be represented only by nubbins or dimpling found on the end.

Distraction Augmentation Manoplasty - This surgery creates growth at the rate of an inch of bone a month, to create new palms and to lengthen the fingers. It consists of the insertion of a device through the bone which is a complex group of bars, nails and steel screws. It requires screwing several turns per day to reach a growth rate of up to 1 ml. daily.