Anencephaly Treatment News and Symptoms Information

What is Anencephaly?

(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)

Anencephaly is a condition involving the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp that occurs during embryonic development. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). As the neural tube forms and closes, it helps form the baby’s brain and skull (upper part of the neural tube), spinal cord, and back bones (lower part of the neural tube). According to the Centers for Disease Control, anencephaly happens if the upper part of the neural tube does not close all the way. This often results in a baby being born without the front part of the brain (forebrain) and the thinking and coordinating part of the brain (cerebrum). The remaining parts of the brain are often not covered by bone or skin.

CDC estimates that each year, about 3 pregnancies in every 10,000 in the United States will have anencephaly. The causes of anencephaly among most infants are unknown.


See below for updated news and information regarding Anencephaly including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Anencephaly Treatment News and Research

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Science DailyJan 10, 2017
Neural tube defects include anencephaly, a condition in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull, and spina bifida, which occurs …

Birth defects: How to help prevent them

The Journal News / Lohud.comJan 30, 2017
… incomplete closing of the backbone and surrounding tissues of the spine; the other is anencephaly, which is the absence of a major portion of …

Anencephaly – Abnormal Development of Brain and Skull

News-Medical.netNov 17, 2016
Anencephaly – Side View – is the absence of a large part of the brain and the skull. Occurs early in the development of an unborn baby. Results …

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