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Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology  2018, Vol. 45 Issue (6): 930-932    DOI: 10.12891/ceog4109.2018
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A case of body stalk anomaly: the value of adding fetal magnetic resonance imaging to ultrasonography for perinatal management
Shigeo Iijima1, *()
1 Perinatal Center, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
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Abstract  
Body stalk anomaly (BSA) is a rare congenital anomaly with an abdominal wall defect and is associated limb and spine abnormalities. As BSA is invariably fatal, it is very important to differentiate BSA from potentially treatable abdominal wall defects, such as gastroschisis. The authors report a case of BSA that was diagnosed prenatally using MRI. On prenatal ultrasonographic examination at 30 weeks of gestation, severe gastroschisis was suspected. However, subsequent MRI clearly demonstrated characteristic findings of BSA. The fetus was delivered at 32 weeks of gestation. The parents did not consent to aggressive treatment and the fetus died a few minutes after birth. Fetal MRI is a powerful adjunct to ultrasonography; it provides more comprehensive images of BSA, enabling prudent perinatal management.
Key words:  Body stalk anomaly      Ultrasonography      Magnetic resonance imaging      Fetus     
Published:  10 December 2018     
*Corresponding Author(s):  SHIGEO IIJIMA     E-mail:  sige_pd@yahoo.co.jp

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Shigeo Iijima. A case of body stalk anomaly: the value of adding fetal magnetic resonance imaging to ultrasonography for perinatal management. Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2018, 45(6): 930-932.

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