Fetal echogenic bowel at 17 weeks' gestational age as the early and only sign of a very long segment of Hirschsprung disease Academic Article uri icon


  • To the Editor: We report a case of a 27-year-old woman evaluated in our gynecologic ultrasound ward at 17 weeks' gestation because of echogenic bowel. Her medical history was negative for diseases, surgeries, allergies, and family diseases. Her obstetric history included 1 vaginal delivery at term and 1 spontaneous abortion at 6 weeks.During the early fetal anatomic scan with a 5-MHz transducer, grade 3 echogenic bowel was detected (Figure 1). At 22 weeks, a late anatomic scan was performed, with no change in the abnormal findings (Figure 2).

publication date

  • January 1, 2008