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Sonography of the fetal gastrointestinal tract: anatomic variants, diagnostic pitfalls, and abnormalities.
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PMID:  8166006     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Prenatal sonography has the potential to show a wide range of abnormalities in a fetus's gastrointestinal tract. Suspected fetal gastrointestinal abnormalities should be interpreted with caution, however, as the sonographic appearance of a healthy fetus's gastrointestinal tract is variable and there is considerable overlap in the appearances of normal and abnormal fetal bowel. Similarly, pathologic processes originating from organ systems other than the gastrointestinal tract can at times exhibit sonographic patterns remarkably similar to those of dilated bowel. This review examines the sonographic findings of gastrointestinal disorders seen in utero, emphasizing potential diagnostic pitfalls arising from confusion with normal anatomy, anatomic variants, and pathologic processes elsewhere in the fetus.
B S Hertzberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  162     ISSN:  0361-803X     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  1994 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-05-20     Completed Date:  1994-05-20     Revised Date:  2008-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1175-82     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710.
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MeSH Terms
Congenital Abnormalities / ultrasonography
Digestive System / embryology*
Digestive System Abnormalities
Esophagus / abnormalities,  embryology*
Fetal Diseases / ultrasonography*
Gastrointestinal Diseases / ultrasonography*
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*

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