Prenatal Counseling for Fetal Brain and Spinal Anomalies
In the United Stated, the most common serious birth defects involve openings of the skull and spine called open neural tube defects (ONTDs). These ONTDs are related in that they all involve defects of the formation of the skull and spine. They occur at about one month after conception, when the tissue which is to become the brain and spinal cord is represented by a flat tissue running down the back of the embryo. This tape-like tissue must form a closed tube (the neural tube). If the tube fails to seal at the skull, the resulting defect is an open skull (anencephalus or encephalocele). If the tube fails to seal along the spine, the resulting defect is an open spine (meningomyelocele or spina bifida).
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