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2010-2-15-11 Acrania © Davidkov


Mario Davidkov, MD, PhD.

Private Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Varna, Bulgaria.


Case report

This is a case of 23-year-old G1 P0, who was referred to our practice at 15 weeks of gestation for a suspicion of the central nervous system anomaly, meningomyelocele.

It was a pregnancy after in vitro fertilization. Patient had non contributive personal or family history. We did perform a transabdominal and transvaginal scan. It was a male fetus with acrania. There were no other anomalies diagnosed during the examination.

The couple was counceled by geneticist and opted for pregnancy termination due to an adverse prognosis for the fetus.

Images 1,2: Image 1 shows the profile of the fetus, note absent cranium. Image 2 shows both brain hemispheres which are not covered by skull.


Images 3,4
: Image 3 shows the deformed brain hemispheres.

Images 5,6,7,8
: 3D images of the fetal head, note the absence of the cranium.



Image 9
: Brain hemispheres.

Video: Vid
eo showing the fetal head with absent cranium.

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