Q: Echogenic bowels and new babies

Bias plotIt was a vogue around the start of regular antenatal ultrasound scanning to note everything, associate wildly and some up with ‘antenatal markers of disease’, as I recollect. Some of these things turned out to be quite useful (nose bones, for instance, or their absence) and others still confuse me … like the ‘echogenic focus of bowel’

What is the value of such a finding, and what should it prompt the paediatrician and obstetrician to do for the baby, before or after birth? Fortunately for Archi, a team from North Middlesex (UK) are trying to answer for us. But is there any experience of different approaches out there?

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