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Signs of Anencephaly

Symptoms of Anencephaly

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Anencephaly may include:

Note that Anencephaly symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Anencephaly signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Anencephaly:

Anencephaly occurs when the "cephalic" or head end of the neural tube fails to close, resulting in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. Infants with this disorder are born without both a forebrain (the front part of the brain) and a cerebrum (the thinking and coordinating area of the brain). The remaining brain tissue is often exposed--not covered by bone or skin. The infant is usually blind, deaf, unconscious, and unable to feel pain. Although some individuals with anencephaly may be born with a rudimentary brain stem, the lack of a functioning cerebrum permanently rules out the possibility of ever gaining consciousness. Reflex actions such as respiration (breathing) and responses to sound or touch may occur. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Anencephaly Information Page: NINDS)

More Symptoms of Anencephaly:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Anencephaly article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

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These general reference articles may be related to medical signs and symptoms of disease in general:

What are the signs of Anencephaly?

The phrase "signs of Anencephaly" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Anencephaly that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Anencephaly" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Anencephaly.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Anencephaly. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Anencephaly has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Anencephaly signs or Anencephaly symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Anencephaly may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Anencephaly symptoms.


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