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Constriction ring syndrome occurs when fibrous bands of the amniotic sac (the lining inside the uterus that contains a fetus) become entangled around a developing fetus.
• It’s also known as amniotic band syndrome.
• In some cases, the bands wrap around the fetus’ head or umbilical cord.
• More commonly though, the bands wrap around a limb, fingers or toes,
creating severe constrictions. It’s similar to what happens when you wrap
a rubber band around your arm or leg.
The Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program provides comprehensive care involving occupational and physical therapy, splinting, casting and reconstructive surgeries for infants, children and adolescents with complex congenital, neuromuscular, sports-related oncologic and traumatic upper limb conditions.
The specialists in the Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Program at Children's are experts in the management of congenital and acquired hand deformities. We recognize the social elements involved in pediatric hand surgery, so an essential part of these operations has been making the child?s hand as symmetrical as possible with his unaffected hand.
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”