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What is anencephaly?

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Dr. Donna Wilkins
Pediatrics - Neonatology
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In brief: Anencephaly

Anencephaly is one of a group of malformations of the central nervous system collectively called neural tube defects.
Anencephaly is readily apparent at birth because of the absence of the skull and scalp and with exposure of the underlying brain.

In brief: Anencephaly

Anencephaly is one of a group of malformations of the central nervous system collectively called neural tube defects.
Anencephaly is readily apparent at birth because of the absence of the skull and scalp and with exposure of the underlying brain.
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Dr. Donna Wilkins
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Failure to form

The nervous system forms in a specific sequence.
A neural groove (nerve cells)forms in a line somewhat like a ditch, gets deeper and begins to close over on itself. It closes from the center outward in both directions.If the top doesn't close, the skull doesn't finish to cover the brain,which is exposed.If the bottom doesn't close, you have spina bifida. Both are sporadic malformations.

In brief: Failure to form

The nervous system forms in a specific sequence.
A neural groove (nerve cells)forms in a line somewhat like a ditch, gets deeper and begins to close over on itself. It closes from the center outward in both directions.If the top doesn't close, the skull doesn't finish to cover the brain,which is exposed.If the bottom doesn't close, you have spina bifida. Both are sporadic malformations.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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