Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
: 2020  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 160--161

Amniotic band syndrome with placenta–encephalocele adhesion: An uncommon case

Aldo Jose Ferreira da Silva 
 Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Santa Mônica Maternity School (SMMS), Maceió, Brazil

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Dr. Aldo Jose Ferreira da Silva
Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Santa Mônica Maternity School (SMMS), Maceió, Alagoas.


Amniotic band syndrome is a rare condition that is associated with various malformations. Its etiology is controversial. The neuroimage shown here is of a newborn with placenta–encephalocele adhesion and other malformations that suggest amniotic band syndrome.

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da Silva AJ. Amniotic band syndrome with placenta–encephalocele adhesion: An uncommon case.J Pediatr Neurosci 2020;15:160-161

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A newborn male infant, born to a 32-year-old primiparous mother via cesarean delivery at term, with an Apgar score of 7–8 points, presented with frontal placenta–encephalocele adhesion [Figure 1] and other malformations including cleft palate, syndactyly, and partial agenesis of the fingers of the right hand [Figure 1]. The finding from the karyotype examination was normal, with 46, XY chromosomal constitution. The patient died on the second day of life.{Figure 1}

Amniotic band syndrome or sequence is rare, with its incidence ranging from 1:1,200 to 1:15,000 live births. It appears as a collection of congenital malformations, from small constriction rings to major anomalies that compromise the vital organs.[1],[2] Its etiology is unknown, but two theories have been proposed to explain its pathogenesis: the Streeter’s intrinsic theory, according to which a defective local embryonic development explains the anomalies, and the Torpin’s extrinsic theory, in which a rupture of the amnion explains the anomalies.[3] When placentocranial adhesions occur, causative factors could include a short umbilical cord, an encephalocele, or intrauterine trauma.[4]

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