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What are amniotic sac disorders?

Amniotic sac disorders are problems with the fluid-filled sac that encloses a fetus within the womb during gestation. The amniotic fluid within the sac is necessary for appropriate growth and maturation of the fetus and when something occurs to disrupt the normal function during gestation, several disorders may be involved. Too much or too little amniotic fluid could cause problems for the fetus. Also, if the amniotic sac ruptures too early in the pregnancy, there could be complications. Amniotic band syndrome, in which strands of the membrane from the amniotic sac entangle the baby, may cause problems in the baby's development. Infection of the amniotic fluid (intra-amniotic infection) is also a serious concern.

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