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Open Access Case Report
Subtle ultrasonographic appearance of Down’s syndrome: a case report of prenatal diagnosis of isolated simple fetal syndactyly
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1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of L’Aquila
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ospedale Civile “G. Mazzini”, Teramo (Italy)
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2011, 38(3), 280–282;
Published: 10 September 2011

Syndactyly is an unusual condition in humans where two or more digits are fused together. In our report we present a case of prenatal diagnosis of simple, complete, bilateral syndactyly as the only ultrasonographic anomaly in a fetus with Down’s syndrome. The mother, a 30-year-old, gravida 2, was referred to our hospital with an abnormal triple-test at 17 weeks of gestation, with a final biochemical risk for Down’s syndrome more than 1:50. In this pregnancy neither the NT test nor early morphological exam showed typical findings of any chromosomal disorder. The patient underwent amniocentesis. We performed an accurate second level scan at 21 weeks while waiting for genetic results, and we suspected simple, complete, bilateral syndactyly between the third and fourth finger of the hands (rapper sign). The result of the invasive test was 47,XY,+21 and the mother opted for termination of pregnancy; the baby showed simple, complete, bilateral syndactyly of the two digits as suspected during sonography. In presenting our case report, we want to stress the importance of the accuracy of observation of fetal hand morphology, attitude, movements and reactivity. When the observation of fetal hands is not satisfactory (e.g., when the fetus does not open the fist), we recommend external stimulation of fetal reactivity through probe movements on the maternal abdomen (dynamic scan). This approach can make the identification of subtle hand anomalies easier and improve the detection rate of both structural and genetic fetal disorders.
Down's syndrome
Fetal syndactyly
Dynamic second level scan
Rapper sign
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