Learn About Anencephaly

What is the definition of Anencephaly?

Anencephaly is a condition that prevents the normal development of the brain and the bones of the skull. This condition results when a structure called the neural tube fails to close during the first few weeks of embryonic development. The neural tube is a layer of cells that ultimately develops into the brain and spinal cord. Because anencephaly is caused by abnormalities of the neural tube, it is classified as a neural tube defect.

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What are the causes of Anencephaly?

Anencephaly is a complex condition that is likely caused by the interaction of multiple genetic and environmental factors. Some of these factors have been identified, but many remain unknown.

How prevalent is Anencephaly?

Anencephaly is one of the most common types of neural tube defect, affecting about 1 in 1,000 pregnancies. However, most of these pregnancies end in miscarriage, so the prevalence of this condition in newborns is much lower. An estimated 1 in 10,000 infants in the United States is born with anencephaly.

Is Anencephaly an inherited disorder?

Most cases of anencephaly are sporadic, which means they occur in people with no history of the disorder in their family. A small percentage of cases have been reported to run in families; however, the condition does not have a clear pattern of inheritance. For parents who have had a child with anencephaly, the risk of having another affected child is increased compared with the risk in the general population.

Who are the top Anencephaly Local Doctors?
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University College London

London, ENG, GB 

Andrew Copp is in London, United Kingdom. Copp is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Anencephaly. He is also highly rated in 7 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Anencephaly, Tethered Cord Syndrome, Encephalocele Anencephaly, and Encephalocele.

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Institute Of Reproductive And Child Health

Beijing, CN 10008

Lei Jin is in Beijing, China. Jin is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Anencephaly. She is also highly rated in 5 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Anencephaly, Tethered Cord Syndrome, Encephalocele Anencephaly, and Encephalocele.

 
 
 
 
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School Of Public Health

Peking University 
Beijing, CN 

Jufen Liu is in Beijing, China. Liu is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Anencephaly. They are also highly rated in 4 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Tethered Cord Syndrome, Anencephaly, Encephalocele Anencephaly, and Encephalocele.

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Published Date: October 01, 2019Published By: National Institutes of Health

What are the Latest Advances for Anencephaly?
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