A case of body stalk anomaly at 10 weeks of gestation

D. Paladini, A. Tartaglione, A. Agangi, S. Foglia, P. Martinelli, C. Nappi

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We describe a case of body stalk anomaly which was diagnosed at 10 weeks of gestation on a dating scan. The fetus was visualized within the exocelomic cavity outside an apparently intact amniotic membrane. The fetus displayed multiple anomalies characteristic of body stalk syndrome including a skull and brain defect, abdominal wall defect, kyphoscoliosis and gross deformities of the lower limbs. These findings do not support early amniotic membrane rupture as the primary event in the pathogenesis of body stalk anomaly and indicate that the exocelomic location of the fetus may actually be one of the features of this complex developmental anomaly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-159
Number of pages3
JournalUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Body stalk anomaly
  • Early pregnancy
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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