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Prenatal Ultrasound Diagnosis of Clubfoot

Burgan, Helen E. A.U.A.; Furness, Margaret E. F.R.A.C.R., D.D.U.; Foster, Bruce K. M.B. B.S., F.R.A.C.S., M.D.


Prenatal ultrasound diagnosis of clubfoot is increasing. Of 103 patients with clubfoot diagnosed at birth, 26 (25.2%) positive prenatal scans were identified with the earliest diagnosis being made at 15 weeks. A questionnaire assessment indicated that 17 (65.4%) deemed that the explanation of the baby's condition was clear. With an increasing incidence of antenatal detection, it is suggested that parents require adequate antenatal counseling by a specialist in the area of clubfoot to improve the understanding of the natural history and treatment of this condition.

Study conducted at Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia

From the Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Bruce K. Foster, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Women's and Children's Hospital, 72 King William Road, North Adelaide 5006, Australia. E-mail:

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