oa South African Medical Journal - Hydramnios associated with foetal intestinal obstruction : caused by syphilis of the small bowel

Volume 23, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



A case of acute hydramnios in a syphilitic mother is presented. The infant was still-born and had duodenojejunal obstruction caused by a mass showing necrosis, granulation tissue formation and lymphocyte and plasma cell infiltration, involving the intestine, the pancreas and adjacent tissues. Spirochaetes were seen in the mass and in the liver. Attention is drawn to the role that may be played by foetal intestinal obstruction in the pathogenesis of hydramnios.

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