We present a case report of a foetus with a herniated Dandy-Walker cyst and bilateral rudimentary cervical ribs. The cervical ribs were visualised prenatally by three-dimensional ultrasound and confirmed by post-termination radiography. The prevalence of cervical ribs is higher in deceased fetuses and neonates with or without structural abnormalities compared with healthy individuals and might be regarded as a marker of disadvantageous fetal development. We demonstrate that evaluation of the fetal vertebral pattern by three-dimensional ultrasonography, including the cervical region, is feasible and could provide valuable information regarding fetal and neonatal prognosis.

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Keywords congenital disorders, materno-fetal medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, pregnancy
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1136/bcr-2018-225381, hdl.handle.net/1765/113490
Journal BMJ Case Reports
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Schut, P. (Pauline), Verdijk, R.M, Joosten, A-M.S, & Eggink, A.J. (2018). Prenatal diagnosis of cervical ribs by three-dimensional ultrasound in a foetus with a herniated Dandy-Walker cyst. BMJ Case Reports, 11(1). doi:10.1136/bcr-2018-225381