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Causes of Anencephaly

Causes of Anencephaly

Anencephaly is a birth defect due to unknown causes in most situations. However, research shows that a deficiency of folic acid during early pregnancy can play a role in neural tube development. In addition, a family history of anencephaly increases the probability of the birth defect. Environmental causes have also been postulated.

Anencephaly: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Anencephaly, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Anencephaly:

Anencephaly: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Anencephaly: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Anencephaly as a symptom:

Conditions listing Anencephaly as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Anencephaly. Our database lists the following as having Anencephaly as a symptom of that condition:

What causes Anencephaly?

Causes: Anencephaly: The cause of anencephaly is unknown. Although it is believed that the mother's diet and vitamin intake may play a role, scientists believe that many other factors are also involved. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Anencephaly Information Page: NINDS)

Related information on causes of Anencephaly:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Anencephaly may be found in:


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