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VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 4 ( October-December, 2021 ) > List of Articles

Original Scientific Paper

Prenatal Sonographic Diagnosis of Musculoskeletal Anomalies in South Western Nigeria: A Hospital-based Study

Janet A Akinmoladun

Keywords : Congenital anomalies, Fetus, Musculoskeletal, Prenatal diagnosis, Ultrasound

Citation Information : Akinmoladun JA. Prenatal Sonographic Diagnosis of Musculoskeletal Anomalies in South Western Nigeria: A Hospital-based Study. Donald School J Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2021; 15 (4):401-406.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10009-1824

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-12-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Introduction: Musculoskeletal anomalies are the second most common anomalies after anomalies of the central nervous system. The presence of these anomalies in children can cause emotional upset and social stigma to the affected parents. Early detection of these anomalies is important in the management of the condition and may help to reduce perinatal morbidity and mortality associated with them. The objective of this study is to describe the musculoskeletal anomalies diagnosed during prenatal ultrasound screening for anomalies in our center, the associated anomalies and outcomes. Materials and methods: This is a retrospective evaluation of all cases of musculoskeletal anomalies detected during prenatal ultrasound screening for fetal anomalies at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria between 2012 and 2018. Results: Two thousand six hundred and thirty-four (2,634) fetuses were screened prenatally with ultrasound for anomalies over a 6-year period. A total of 14 (0.4%) of the fetuses had musculoskeletal anomalies. Four (28.6%) of the anomalies were isolated while the remaining had associated anomalies involving other systems. Seven (50.0%) of the pregnancies with these anomalies were terminated before term because of the severity and/or associated anomalies. Six (42.9%) of the fetuses were delivered at term of which three had early neonatal death. Conclusion: Prenatal screening for anomalies affecting the musculoskeletal system is essential in the primary prevention of disability and reducing perinatal mortality and morbidity.

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