Anencephaly

Case contributed by Dr Praveen Jha

Presentation:

Female presented at 18 weeks gestation, to confirm her previous reports mentioning a gross congenital anomaly. It took some sonographic demonstration to convince her about the situation.

Patient Data:

Age: 30
Gender: Female

Antenatal ultrasound

Modality: Ultrasound

Ultrasound demonstrates absence of skull and cerebral hemispheres as described in images.

Case Discussion:

Ultrasound is an extremely important tool in the assessment of pregnancies. In this case of anencephaly, the features are striking, and are not compatible with life. Patient was aborted, and anencephaly was confirmed post-abortus also.

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