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An encephalocele is a rare birth defect which occurs during the pregnancy when the developing skull of the baby fails to close completely
Encephalocele is a rare neural tube birth defect which is marked by part of brain protruding from an opening in the skull. The opening can occur in the front midline or at the back of the skull.
Encephaloceles is a birth defect associated with neural tube. When diagnosed, a surgery is performed during infancy to place the protruding tissues back into the skull.
Encephalocele can be diagnosed by prenatal ultrasound. The best finding would be to find only fluid in the protruding sac. This may go undetected.
Location of the encephalocele plays a major factor in the prognosis of it. Babies with encephalocele located in the front part of their face are at up to 100% survival rate whereas the ones at the back have only a 55% chance of susrviving.