Outcome of fetal echogenic bowel

A retrospective review from a single center was performed of all fetal ultrasounds that showed a fetal echogenic bowel. If the finding was an isolated one (around 40% of cases) then the outcome was uneventful. If it was associated with dilated bowel or one or two other soft markers, then around 7% of infants had some anomalies. If there were associated congenital anomalies, or IUGR or multiple (3 or more) soft markers, then the mortality and morbidity were high – in the 80% range.

 Outcome of infants presenting with echogenic bowel in the second trimester of pregnancy. Buiter et al, 2012.