Amniotic band sequence in child of thalidomide victimBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6966.1442a (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1442
- R Tenconi,
- M Clementi,
- L Notari,
- V R Lo Vasco
- Professor of medical genetics, Academic research assistant, Resident in paediatrics, Resident in medical genetics, Servizio di Genetica Medica, Dipartimento di Pediatria, University of Padua, 35128 Padua, Italy.
EDITOR,—Andrew P Read1 and Richard W Smithells2 dismiss W G McBride's hypothesis that thalidomide might be a mutagen.3 After this correspondence was published we saw a child with limb reduction defects born to a thalidomide victim.
The baby had the following isolated anomalies of the left hand: almost complete absence of the third and fourth fingers, with necrotic tissue attached to the tip, while the second finger had a deep constriction ring at the proximal phalanx with a hypertrophic distal segment and hypoplastic nail. Annular constriction was also present between the first and second phalanxes of the thumb and was associated with a fibrous remnant; the fifth finger was …