Acrania exencephaly sequence

Case contributed by Maulik S Patel
Diagnosis certain


Primigravida. 16 weeks of amenorrhea. No complaints.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Female

Single live intrauterine fetus corresponding to 12 weeks CRL. Absent skull with irregular-shaped floating brain tissue. Both eyes are present. Normal heart, stomach, and both kidneys. Four limbs are present.


Absent skull with abnormal brain tissue. Large defect in the cervical spine which was missed in the ultrasound.

Case Discussion

Ultrasound findings of exencephaly. The abortus shows an additional external finding of a large cervical spine defect.

Abortus photos courtesy: treating obstetrician Dr. Snehal V. Patel

A companian case - rID: 99496

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