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Anencephaly

Case contributed by: Dr Praveen Jha

Presentation:

29 year old 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: 29 years
Gender: Female
Race: Indian/Pakistani

Antenatal ultrasound

Modality: Ultrasound

Ultrasound demonstrates absence of skull and cerebral hemispheres.

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.

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