BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-218950

Aplasia cutis congenita and amniotic band syndrome: an uncommon association

  1. Lina Ramos2
  1. 1Department of Neonatology, Maternidade Dr Daniel de Matos—Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  2. 2Pediatric Hospital of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joana Pimenta, joanafmp{at}
  • Accepted 14 January 2017
  • Published 31 January 2017


Amniotic band syndrome is an unusual clinical entity with a wide variety of presentations that include constriction rings, syndactyly and limb or digital amputations.1 ,2 Aplasia cutis congenita is a rare congenital anomaly involving variant layers of the skin, most commonly affecting the scalp.3 Amniotic bands following rupture of the amniotic membrane in early pregnancy have been proposed as a cause of aplasia cutis congenita.3 Still, the presence of a fibrous amniotic band at the site of the constriction …

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