Anencephaly sentence example
- If this tube forms incompletely during the first few months of pregnancy, a serious, and often fatal, defect results in spina bifida or anencephaly (formation of the head without the brain).
- These types of defects include spinal column defects (spina bifida) and anencephaly (a severe and usually fatal brain abnormality).
- One such congenital brain anomaly, anencephaly (literally "without brain") results when the topmost portion of the tube fails to close and the brain does not develop.
- Anencephaly is the most common severe malformation seen in stillborn births.
- Anencephaly is sometimes seen to run in families, and for parents who have conceived one anencephalic fetus, the risk of a second is as high as 5 percent.Advertisement
- Fewer than half of babies with anencephaly are born alive, and survival beyond the first month is rare.
- Prenatal diagnosis of neural tube defects causing anencephaly or meningomyelocele is possible through ultrasound examination and maternal blood testing for alpha-fetoprotein, which is almost always elevated.
- Genetic counseling is advisable for parents who have had one child with anencephaly, since the likelihood of having another is increased.
- Some congenital brain anomalies, such as anencephaly, are not compatible with life, and fetuses affected by them will die.
- Low levels of folate are linked to serious neurological birth defects including spina bifida and anencephaly.Advertisement
- Anencephaly is a birth defect involving the brain.
- Taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid is thought to reduce the risk of your baby developing anencephaly or spina bifida by 50 to 70 percent.
- Neural tube defects like spina bifida and anencephaly are being researched as possible defects where environmental states may affect the development of the fetus as well as genetics.
- Folate intake during pregnancy also protects against neural tube birth defects, which can result in spina bifida and anencephaly.