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2007-06-05-10 Acrania, craniorachischisis, 36 weeks © Sanchez
Acrania, craniorachischisis, 36 weeks

Marcos Antonio Velasco Sanchez, MD; Candelairo Conda Moreno, MD; Esthela Ordonez Noriega, MD; Arely Valtiera Mendoza, MD; Margarita Gandarillas Hernandez, MD.

Hospital General de la S.S.A. Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Autonoma de Guerrero, Mexico. Instituto Mexicano de Diagnostico por Imagen, Acapulco, Mexico.

This is a 28-year-old woman with unremarkable history scanned at 35+6 weeks of gestational age. The ultrasound investigation revealed acrania with craniorachischisis and polyhydramnios. These are some of the images we obtained.

Images 1, 2. 2D ultrasonography; 36 weeks. Image 1 shows axial scan aligned through fetal orbits - cranial vault is missing. Image 2 - more superficial scan showing nose and palpebral fissures. 


Images 3, 4. 2D ultrasonography; 36 weeks. Parasagittal scans aligned through the orbit. Dorsally protruding fetal brain is visible (arrows). 


Images 5, 6. Postnatal appearance of the baby - acrania with craniorachischisis.



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