Echogenic foci in the dilated fetal colon may be associated with the presence of a rectourinary fistula
Article first published online: 3 AUG 2006
Copyright © 2006 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 341–344, September 2006
How to Cite
Pohl-Schickinger, A., Henrich, W., Degenhardt, P., Bassir, C. and Hüseman, D. (2006), Echogenic foci in the dilated fetal colon may be associated with the presence of a rectourinary fistula. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol, 28: 341–344. doi: 10.1002/uog.2852
- Issue published online: 14 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 3 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 MAY 2006
- anal atresia;
- prenatal diagnosis;
- rectourinary fistula;
Intraintestinal meconium calcification in the fetus and newborn is a rare finding, occurring in patients with intestinal obstruction. The intraluminal location of the enterolithiasis enables differentiation from calcifications that are secondary to bowel perforation and meconium peritonitis. We report on a term male neonate with VACTERL (vertebral defects, imperforate anus, cardiac anomalies, tracheoesophageal fistula, renal anomalies, limb anomalies) association and rectourethral fistula, in whom enterolithiasis was documented by prenatal ultrasound imaging at 21 weeks' gestation. A review of the literature and a summary of all previously described cases of neonates with intraluminal meconium calcifications are provided. Prenatal ultrasonographic detection of enterolithiasis in fetuses with anal atresia may indicate the presence of an enterourinary fistula. Copyright © 2006 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.