Isolated hypoplasia of abdominal wall muscles associated with fetal ascites

Laura Travan, Samuele Naviglio, Gabriele Cont, Pierpaolo Brovedani, Riccardo Davanzo, Sergio Demarini

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We report the case of an infant born after parvovirus B19-induced fetal hydrops, who presented at birth with bilateral abdominal wall laxity, which was more evident on the flanks. Imaging exams revealed congenital hypoplasia of oblique abdominal muscles not associated with other anatomical abnormalities except for small liver calcifications. We review the medical literature and identify similar cases associated with fetal ascites. We propose that isolated hypoplasia of abdominal wall muscles can be associated with fetal ascites from various causes, and represents a separate condition from prune belly syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-186
Number of pages3
JournalCongenital Anomalies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2016


  • abdominal wall defects
  • fetal ascites
  • isolated deficiency of abdominal muscles
  • Parvovirus B19
  • prune belly syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Embryology
  • Developmental Biology


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