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2014-06-22-22 Hyperextension of the fetal head © Bronshtein

Hyperextension of the fetal head

Moshe Bronshtein
, MD.

Haifa, Israel.

Case reports

Following images and videos show a fetus seen in a 32 weeks with extreme hyperextension of the fetal head. The finding looks very striking and may be a source of confusion (Klippel–Feil syndrome, Jarcho–Levin syndrome, iniencephaly, etc.). Without other concomitant anomalies the prognosis of the intermittent idiopathic hyperextension of the fetal head is a benign phenomenon.

In our case the newborn had unilateral weakness of the sternocleidomastoid muscle with complete recovery after physiotherapy.

Images 1, 2, and videos 1-4: 32 weeks of gestation; the images and videos show extreme hyperextension of the fetal head.




Video 5: 34 weeks of gestation; normal position of the fetal head.

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