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Encephalocele - Congenital Neural Tube Defect - Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated on Jun 19, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can a baby survive encephalocele?

Encephaloceles are not always fatal. Some babies survive. Encephaloceles with brain tissue in the sac and those present on the back side of the skull have a bad prognosis.
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2. Is encephalocele genetic?

The exact reason is not known. It is observed in patients with family history of neural tube defects like spina bifida and anencephaly thus indicating a possible genetic involvement

3. What are the risks in pregnancy when the fetus has an encephalocele?

The risk of miscarriage is high. 21% of fetuses with encephalocele can only survive till birth. The chance of caesarean section is high when the head is large due to encephalocele.

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