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.
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