How are abdominal wall defects in fetuses detected?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Maternal serum α-fetoprotein screening can help identify ventral wall defects in the fetus during the second trimester. Antenatal ultrasonography can define the location of the abdominal wall defect, the status of the viscera, the defect’s involvement with associated structures, and the presence of additional malformations.


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