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Foetal acalvaria: a case report

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D.M. Casather ,

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, Teaching Hospital, Kandy, LK
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D.M.D.D. Chandrasiri,

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, Teaching Hospital, Kandy, LK
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S.M. Fahim,

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, Teaching Hospital, Kandy, LK
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W. Abeykoon

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, Teaching Hospital, Kandy, LK
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Abstract

Foetal acalvaria is an extremely rare congenital abnormality characterized by the complete or partial absence of skull bones with complete but abnormal development of the brain. A 27 year old multiparous woman was found to have an anencephalic foetus at 12 weeks of gestation. Foetal ultrasound scan at 36 weeks revealed a well formed brain without a cranium. The baby was delivered by cesarean section. The brain was displaced posteriorly due to the absence of supporting skull bones and was covered by a thick membrane. The neonate expired few hours after delivery. Identification of acalvaria antenatally allows the clinician to plan an appropriate timely management.
How to Cite: Casather, D.M. et al., (2016). Foetal acalvaria: a case report. Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine. 25(1), pp.32–35. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljm.v25i1.16
Published on 12 Aug 2016.
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