When there is too little amniotic fluid in the uterus during maternity, Potter syndrome is uncommon condition characterized by the physical characteristics of unborn child that develop. Not enough amounts of amniotic fluid throughout pregnancy is called oligohydramnios; the lack of amniotic liquid is called anhydramnios. When there is too little amniotic liquid normal pressure that is put in on the unborn child throughout maternity can cause certain physical features such as distinct skeletal irregularities or facial features. Potter syndrome can also arise from other problems including polycystic kidney disease, misshapen or underdeveloped kidneys, and obstructive uropathy, in which urine can not be voided from the bladder and develops within the kidneys. Some medical professionals think that Potter sequence is a better suited name than Potter syndrome because while the signs and symptoms can vary amongst affected babies, the series of events that brings about the advancement of this condition coincides. Some medical professionals use Potter sequence to signify a less serious form of Potter syndrome, yet, typically, the three terms, Potter syndrome, Potter series, and oligohydramnios series, are used reciprocally in the clinical literature. The symptoms and signs of Potter syndrome can vary from one newborn to another. The kidneys can also be deformed, or harmed due to a bigger syndrome impacting the kidneys such as polycystic kidney disease, a group of rare disorders characterized by the advancement of various cysts within the kidneys. Infants with Potter syndrome are typically birthed too soon and are small for their gestational age, which indicates they are smaller than would normally be expected for just how far along the pregnancy is.
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