Bone, Joint and Muscle Conditions
Amniotic Band Syndrome Symptoms and Diagnosis
Symptoms of Amniotic Band Syndrome
The effects of amniotic band syndrome can vary widely. They depend on where the bands are and how early the bands formed during your baby's development.
Your baby may have one or more of these:
- Creases, or indentations, around their finger, hand, arm, toe, foot or leg
- All or part of a limb missing
- Swelling (edema) because bands restrict the flow of blood or
- A difference in the length of their arms or legs
- A gap (cleft) or other defect in their head, face, belly or chest
Amniotic Band Syndrome Diagnosis
Doctors can diagnose amniotic band syndrome by doing a physical exam when your baby is born.
Your child may need an
to see how a band affects deeper tissues under their skin. If a band is deep, your child may have an
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
scan or other imaging scan to see how the band affects their blood vessels and nerves.
Sometimes, but not usually, doctors can diagnose amniotic band syndrome based on what they see during an
before a baby is born. If this happens, talk with your healthcare team about what they can tell from the ultrasound and what it may mean for you and your baby. Our team at Seattle Children's is happy to provide prenatal consultations to talk with you about your baby's condition.