Grey's Anatomy and Amniotic Bands

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Before my 20 week ultra sound, I had never heard of an Amniotic Band. It's a very rare pregnancy condition and one that was very close to my heart since it posed such a risk to our unborn baby's developmental health. My doctor's were great about keeping an eye on it and thankfully the band never ruptured or got tangled around any of Jillian's body parts. Thank God our little Jillian is OK although we will never have a clear answer if this Amniotic band actually caused the sore on her head. The sore has finally healed and will remain a little scar on the top of her head. Her little scar just makes her all that more special, it will be a constant reminder of what we went through for her just to get here. What a story we have to share with her one day!

You can imagine my surprise when I was watching the Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice Crossover event this week and the main focus was on a procedure involving an unborn baby suffering from an amniotic band wrapped around his legs. The procedure involved actually operating in utero to seperate the band from the baby's legs. Thankfully we never had to even consider this. I hope you had a chance to check out the episode this week, it was a good one and one that was very close to my heart!!

When an ultrasound reveals that amniotic bands are wrapped around the legs of Sloan's baby, Mark summons Addison to perform the surgery. During surgery, Addison estimates that a complication means there's a 5 percent chance that the procedure can kill Sloan, so Mark orders Addison to stop. Sloan insists that she can't take care of a baby with no legs and Mark tells her he won't let that happen.

1 comment:

  1. Amniotic Band Syndrome also known as Amnion Rupture Sequence is an uncommon process which begins when the amnion (the inner membrane of the placental structure) breaks. This exposes the fetus to fibrous bands from the amnion and chorion.

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