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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Anencephaly


Other Names for this Disease
  • Absence of a large part of the brain and the skull
  • Isolated anencephaly/exencephaly
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  • I have been pregnant three times. My first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 10 weeks. My second pregnancy resulted in my daughter. She has some developmental delays specifically in speech and language. My third pregnancy ended at 15 weeks with an anencephalic baby. That pregnancy was terminated. My question is, could the miscarriage, my daughter's delays, and the anencephalic baby all be related to each other? Or are each of these instances random and just "bad luck?" Should I seek genetic testing before trying for another baby? Click here for answer

  • If anencephaly occurred in a previous pregnancy, what are the chances of this condition affecting the next pregnancy if we take the recommended medication?  How long should the medication be taken before attempting another pregnancy? Click here for answer

  • My mother had a baby with anencephaly. Does this increase the chances for me to have a baby with this condition? Click here for answer

Other Names for this Disease
  • Absence of a large part of the brain and the skull
  • Isolated anencephaly/exencephaly
Related Diseases
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.