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August 1977

Bony and Vascular Anomalies of the Head: Their Possible Relation to Anencephaly

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Pediatric Neurology, University of Utah College of Medicine, Salt Lake City.

Arch Neurol. 1977;34(8):508-510. doi:10.1001/archneur.1977.00500200068014

• This study links a midfacial anomaly in an 8-year-old boy, with underlying bony skull defects and abnormalities of the cerebral vasculature, with an earlier spontaneous miscarriage and the subsequent birth of a frankly anencephalic sibling. We believe that the midfacial and vascular anomalies in the second child could represent a forme fruste of anencephaly, which should alert the physician to monitor subsequent pregnancies for the complete anencephalic phenotype.

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