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Needle puncture scars from midtrimester amniocentesis.
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PMID:  6486849     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A neonate was noted to have two depressed scars on the upper part of the back at birth that we believe resulted from midtrimester amniocentesis; no underlying injury was apparent. Scar formation from needle puncture occurs in an estimated 1% to 3% of the infants whose mothers have undergone midtrimester diagnostic amniocentesis. The scars most commonly are depressed, dimplelike, and measure 1 to 2 mm in diameter, although linear scarring may also occur. Single or multiple scars may be present, and, in seven of the 36 infants previously described in the literature, internal injuries also occurred as a result of the needle puncture.
S S Raimer; B G Raimer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of dermatology     Volume:  120     ISSN:  0003-987X     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Dermatol     Publication Date:  1984 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-11-06     Completed Date:  1984-11-06     Revised Date:  2008-03-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372433     Medline TA:  Arch Dermatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1360-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Amniocentesis / adverse effects*
Cicatrix / congenital*,  etiology
Infant, Newborn
Skin / injuries

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