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is this serious? my baby's diagnosed with an encephalocele?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Needs surgery: Encephaloceles are rare.Developing baby's skull does not close completely.Part of brain may come through hole in the skull. Sometimes, part of the membrane that covers brain and spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) also come through the opening. Can occur in front or back of skull.Neurosurgeons repair encephaloceles within first few months of life by craniotomy for brain to be placed back.
Answered on Jul 12, 2014

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