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What is the definition of Schizencephaly?
Schizencephaly is a rare congenital (present from birth) brain malformation in which abnormal slits or clefts form in the cerebral hemispheres of the brain. The signs and symptoms of this condition may include developmental delay, seizures, and problems with brain-spinal cord communication. People with Schizencephaly may also have an abnormally small head (microcephaly); hydrocephalus; intellectual disability; partial or complete paralysis; and/or poor muscle tone (hypotonia). Severity of symptoms depends on many factors including the extent of the clefting and whether or not other brain abnormalities are present. Although the exact cause of Schizencephaly is unknown, it has been linked to a variety of genetic and non-genetic factors.
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Published Date: May 02, 2022
Published By: Genetic and Rare Diseases Informnation Center

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