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2011-11-27-16 Spina bifida © Grochal www.TheFetus.net

Spina bifida

Frantisek Grochal, MD

* Femicare, s.r.o., Center of prenatal ultrasonographic diagnostics, Martin, Slovak republic. UVN SNP Ruzomberok, Gynecological and obstetrical department. Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Faculty of Health Care, Ruzomberok, Slovak Republic.

Case report

A 37-year-old woman (G2P1) with non-contributive history was sent to our office at 21 weeks of gestational age. Our examination revealed lumbar spina bifida.

Here are some images that we obtained.

Images 1, 2: 21 weeks of gestational age; Image 1 shows transverse scan of the "lemon shaped" fetal head; Image 2 shows transverse scan of the fetal head at the level of abnormally shaped cerebellum "banana sign".


Images 3, 4: 21 weeks of gestational age; Image 3 shows transverse scan of the fetal spine at the level of its lumbar defect; Image 4 shows sagittal scan of the fetal spine with lumbar spina bifida.


Images 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10: 21 weeks of gestational age; 3D images showing the fetus with lumbar spina bifida (images 6 and 8 represent fusion of the corresponding images 5 and 7 with drawings explaining position of the fetus).



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