BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006490
  • Rare disease

Pregnancy outcome in a woman with prune belly syndrome

  1. Robert J Wallerstein3
  1. 1Stanford University, School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, USA
  2. 2Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California, USA
  3. 3Department of Pediatrics, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Matthew James Garabedian, Matthew.Garabedian{at}


Prune belly syndrome is a rare congenital syndrome that primarily affects male fetuses. Affected men are universally infertile; however, there is a paucity of information published on the reproductive potential of affected women. Pregnancy outcomes in affected women have not been described in the literature. We describe the case of pregnancy in an affected woman. Her pregnancy progressed without complication. Her fetus had no stigmata of the syndrome. Her labour and delivery were, however, complicated by a prolonged second stage of labour and need for vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery.

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