J Med Life 2021 Nov-Dec;14(6):862-867
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania.
VACTERL represents an acronym for a broad spectrum of congenital anomalies such as vertebral anomalies, anorectal anomalies (anal atresia), cardiac anomalies, tracheoesophageal fistula or atresia, renal anomalies, and limb anomalies. We present the case of a male fetus with multiple anomalies consistent with VACTERL association such as scoliosis, imperforate anus, common truncus arteriosus, tracheoesophageal fistula associated with inferior esophagus atresia, polycystic kidneys, with short right ureter, lower limb hypoplasia micrognathia, hygroma, duodenal atresia, and cloacal malformation, with an aberrant omphalomesenteric duct. The presented case highlights the crucial importance of pathologists specialized in the dissection and confirmation of fetal abnormalities as an essential part of the multidisciplinary team that establishes the management of complicated pregnancies with this type of pathology. Read More