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Dr. Daniel Pieper
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Encephalocele (Overview)

An encephalocele or cranium bifidum is a protrusion of brain and membranes surrounding the brain through an opening in the skull. It is a congenital lesion caused by as a neural tube defect. More about encephalocele https://www. Cdc. Gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/encephalocele. Html


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Is this serious? My baby's diagnosed with an encephalocele?

Is this serious? My baby's diagnosed with an encephalocele?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Pieper
178 Doctors shared insights

Encephalocele (Overview)

An encephalocele or cranium bifidum is a protrusion of brain and membranes surrounding the brain through an opening in the skull. It is a congenital lesion caused by as a neural tube defect. More about encephalocele https://www. Cdc. Gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/encephalocele. Html


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What are the symptoms of an encephalocele?

Depends on location: The most common encephalocele occurs in the frontal area from a defect in the anterior skull base where a defect develops and allows part of the brain to herniate through it. This is associated with meningitis, headaches, cerebrospinal fluid leaks from the nose, etc. ...Read more

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What are the tests for encephalocele?

What are the tests for encephalocele?

Injection and scan: Mri's are very helpful. Other tests we use include injection of radioactive tracer in the spinal fluid and look for tracer being picked up in the sinuses. We can inject dye in the spinal fluid and then do fine cut images on ct scan looking for areas of leakage. ...Read more

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How do people treat encephalocele?

How do people treat encephalocele?

Surgery: Encephalocele means that part of the brain is outside the skull, usually enclosed in a sac. Neurosurgery first determines what brain structures are involved with an mri, then will proceed to repair the encephalocele. Usually that part of the brain is removed. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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How dangerus is an encephalocele operation?

Depends on location: An encephalocele is characterized by the outpouching of brain and its overlying meninges through a defect in the skull. This is the result of some problem during development where the notochord did not close. These are reduced and covered to prevent CSF infection. The risk depends on the location and the size. There is a risk to neurologic function if the encephalocele is adjacent to eloquent brain. ...Read more

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How do people treat encephalocele?

Surgery: Encephalocele means that part of the brain is outside the skull, usually enclosed in a sac. Neurosurgery first determines what brain structures are involved with an mri, then will proceed to repair the encephalocele. Usually that part of the brain is removed. ...Read more

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What are the tests for encephalocele?

Injection and scan: Mri's are very helpful. Other tests we use include injection of radioactive tracer in the spinal fluid and look for tracer being picked up in the sinuses. We can inject dye in the spinal fluid and then do fine cut images on ct scan looking for areas of leakage. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is an encephalocele?

What sort of disorder is an encephalocele?

Encephalocoele: This is a congenital condition in which portion of the skull are absent and/or fail to fuse permit extrusion of portions of the brain. Surgery is generally advised. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an encephalocele?

Depends on location: The most common encephalocele occurs in the frontal area from a defect in the anterior skull base where a defect develops and allows part of the brain to herniate through it. This is associated with meningitis, headaches, cerebrospinal fluid leaks from the nose, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Encephalocele?

What is the definition or description of: Encephalocele?

Encephalocele: An encephalocele or cranium bifidum is a protrusion of brain and membranes surrounding the brain through an opening in the skull. It is a congenital lesion caused by as a neural tube defect. More about encephalocele https://www. Cdc. Gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/encephalocele. Html ...Read more

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Is this serious? My baby's diagnosed with an encephalocele?

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. ...Read more

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How dangerus is an encephalocele operation?

Depends on location: An encephalocele is characterized by the outpouching of brain and its overlying meninges through a defect in the skull. This is the result of some problem during development where the notochord did not close. These are reduced and covered to prevent CSF infection. The risk depends on the location and the size. There is a risk to neurologic function if the encephalocele is adjacent to eloquent brain. ...Read more

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Encephalocele found in unborn baby17 weeks 3 days, not family history found my side or my wife family side would need advice whether to continue?

Encephalocele found in unborn baby17 weeks 3 days, not family history found my side or my wife family side would need advice whether to continue?

Depends: So sorry to hear that. Whether to continue with pregnancy is a very personal decision. Encephaloceles can have varying prognosis depending on severity. You should probably consult at a university center that is experienced in dealing with significant fetal anomalies. ...Read more

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Can an encephalocele cause daily headaches?

Can an encephalocele cause daily headaches?

Rarely: They rarely cause headaches, because their chronic condition. However, if it progresses, and if there is herniation in the brain, headaches can occur. Herniation however, are usually potentially life-threatening conditions. Mo ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is occipital encephalocele?

Encephalocele: The occipital region is the back side of the head, an encephalocele is a defect in the skull bone where part of the brain protrudes though the bone defect. This is a finding most commonly diagnosed at the time of birth. ...Read more

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What is a meningocele? My MRI says I possibly have one? Fluid is seen adjacent to to the mastoid tegmen. No encephalocele. Previous mastoidectomy.

Cyst: Its a protrusion of the covering of the brain sometimes through the bone or tegmen (roof) of the mastoid. See an ent to check it out. You may need a CT scan of the mastoid as well ...Read more

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Can a sonogram be wrong about diagnosing encephalocele in a baby mother have 14 weeks pregnand?

Can a sonogram be wrong about diagnosing encephalocele in a baby mother have 14 weeks pregnand?

Maybe: Depending on the type of study & experience of the technician/radiologist any study could be wrong. This is unlikely for them to diagnose unless they have had several review the images. A follow up study with a perinatologist would be the next step. ...Read more

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