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 years
Gender: Female
Ultrasound

Antenatal ultrasound

Ultrasound demonstrates absence of skull and cerebral hemispheres, confirmed by 3D reconstruction in keeping of anencephaly.

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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Case information

rID: 10478
Published: 16th Aug 2010
Last edited: 25th Mar 2021
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