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2014-15-06-09 Answer to the case of the week #373 © Prasant www.TheFetus.net 

Answer to the case of the week #373

July 10, 2014 - July 24, 2014


Prasant Acharya, MD; Deval Shah, MD.

Astha hospital, Deesa, Gujarat, India. Paras advanced fetal medicine centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. 


 

Case report

Following images and videos show a case of anterior thoracic meningocele. A cystic structure was observed in front of the spine protruding to the left side of the thoracic cavity. Initial examination of the fetus was done at 12 weeks and the finding of the cystic structure was discovered. Another exams were done at 14 and 17 weeks when the finding was more clear and striking. The pregnancy was terminated and anterior thoracic meningocele was confirmed by histopathological study.

Images 1, 2, 3, and video 1: 12 weeks of gestation; images 1-3 show normal fetal profile, nasal bone, and nuchal thickness. The video 1 demonstrates a cystic structure within fetal thorax that later turned out to be the anterior meningocele.

 

 


Videos 2, 3: 14 weeks of gestation; the videos show a cystic structure within fetal thorax that later turned out to be the anterior meningocele.

 

Images 4-11: 17 weeks of gestation; the images show series of 2D and 3D images demonstrating a cystic structure within fetal thorax caused by the anterior meningocele.

 

 


 

 

Videos 4, 5, 6, 7: 17 weeks of gestation; the videos show a cystic structure within fetal thorax caused by the anterior meningocele.

 

 

Images 12 - 22: Pathological and histological images confirming the diagnosis of the thoracic anterior meningocele.

 

 

 

 


 


 
 
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