Background: Neural tube defects can be as mild as spina bifida, to as severe as anencephaly, with only a fraction of these cases presenting as both craniorachischisis and exencephaly. Case report: The G3, P1011 mother was 25-years old, who at an estimated fetal gestational age of 17 weeks had a fetal diagnosis of anencephaly based on a sonogram, resulting in elective pregnancy termination. The female fetus had an open neural tube defect, consisting of craniorachischisis and exencephaly. No abnormalities were noted in any other organs. Conclusion: Although mostly associated with anencephaly, craniorachischisis can also be associated with exencephaly in early pregnancy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- fetal pathology
- neural tube defect