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I have a friend with a complete bicornuate uterus. She has one cervix but her uterus is in two halves. Her first and only child was born without a hand due to amniotic band syndrome. Her doctor told her that her uterus was the cause and that any future babies were likely to have it as well. They told her that because her uterus was so tight that the placenta tore and made bands that wrapped around his hand. From the reading I've done this sounds impossible. She wants more children but is scared by what they've told her. There isn't a lot of info either of us can find on a link between the two but we are both very interested in reading more about. If anyone has any info at all on a connection b/w abs and bicornuate uterus please post a link.<br>
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Hmmmmm, I will also be curious to see what might come of this question. I have certainly heard of ABS, but I understood that it was a more 'random misfire of the genetic plan' kind of thing. I've not done much research on it--but what I've seen has not suggested that what the doc said may be true.
 

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The Doctor has given her the correct information. See <a href="http://www.amnioticbandsyndrome.com/" target="_blank">http://www.amnioticbandsyndrome.com/</a>. Most people I have spoken with with septums have had surgery to correct them but it could just be that the women I have connected with have had a long history of pregnancy losses.
 

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Sasha--<br><br>
Thanks for the link to your website, however I have a question. You indicated that KristaDJ's friend was given correct information, but I was not able to see links on your site that led to info about the potential causes of ABS. I saw one link to the 'general cause' of ABS, indicating that it is something that might happen to any baby-- but nothing more. Am I missing something that will help me find more particular info about ABS and bicornuate uterus from your links? I gave a look at a couple of my midwifery texts today, and neither of them indicated particular risks to babies associated with bicornuate uterus (well, m/c and late term labor or demise, yes--but nothing beyond that).<br><br>
Thanks again--and sorry if I just missed something obvious on your webpage! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I looked at that website before I started this thread, it wasn't terribly informative and I didn't see anything at all to suggest that bicornuate uterus could be a cause of ABS. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused"><br>
Everything I've read is like Ms Black said, it's random. I just want to reiterate that I'm looking specifically for <b>a link between ABS and biconuate uterus.</b>
 

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I am not a birth professional, but I am a health care provider who is a lit search geek. Here is a link to an article which might be of interest. I'm sorry I don't have access to the full text.<br><br><a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T65-3Y15W84-7&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1106089496&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=c0b4253d84de5085e79b4b0cf26faa9b" target="_blank">Limb anomalies among offspring of women with a septate uterus: a report of three cases</a>
 

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Thanks for this link!<br><br>
I, too, like the researchers, am wondering about a possible mechanism for instigating banding in a septate/bicornuate uterus.<br><br>
It does look like the % of cases of ABS in this particular study population *is* higher than occurrence of ABS in the general population--however, the difference is not huge, and the number of pregnancies involved this study was not large enough to get a clear idea of an association (even the author said that a link "may be" there, should be investigated.
 

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Thank you for that link. That's pretty much the info my friend found, that it's "possible" that there's a link but nothing more than speculation.<br>
What is the incidence of ABS in women without BU?
 

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General pop is 1 in 1200, according the link Ellie's mom gave. I guess you could do the math if you know how, you'd have to separate out the BCU moms from the general pop (by knowing the general incidence of BCU, right? Not a stats woman myself). Then you could compare that to the % of incidence found in that study.<br><br>
But if I'm just confusing you on this, feel free to ignore (I'm so not a stats woman). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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