Needle Puncture Scars From Midtrimester Amniocentesis

Sharon S. Raimer, Ben G. Raimer

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• A neonate was noted to have two depressed scars on the upper part of the back at birth that we believe resulted from midtrimester amniocentesis; no underlying injury was apparent. Scar formation from needle puncture occurs in an estimated 1% to 3% of the infants whose mothers have undergone midtrimester diagnostic amniocentesis. The scars most commonly are depressed, dimplelike, and measure 1 to 2 mm in diameter, although linear scarring may also occur. Single or multiple scars may be present, and, in seven of the 36 infants previously described in the literature, internal injuries also occurred as a result of the needle puncture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1360-1362
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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