Acrania, Anencephaly, and Encephelocele – Fetal Development

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Acrania, Anencephaly and Encephalocele are birth defects classified as neural tube defects that occur early in pregnancy. Neural tube defects (NTDs) occur when the neural tube, a structure that folds and closes within the first month of pregnancy, does not close completely or correctly. Neural tube defects are the second most common congenital anomaly in

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What Is Amniotic Fluid?

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Amniotic fluid is an important part of the womb during pregnancy. This fluid protects and cushions a growing fetus and is important for babies’ development in other ways as well.  Where Does Amniotic Fluid Come From?  Once the amniotic sac is formed about 12 days after conception, it begins to fill with fluid, which is mostly water

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Dr. Monteagudo Publishes Guidelines for Neurological Ultrasound Diagnostics

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Carnegie Imaging’s Dr. Ana Monteagudo a member of the ISOUG practice guideline committee regarding the sonographic evaluation of the fetal nervous system. Alongside fellow committee members, Dr. Monteagudo recently published the “ISUOG Practice Guidelines (updated): sonographic examination of the fetal central nervous system. Part 1: performance of screening examination and indications for targeted neurosonography.” The publication serves as a guideline for

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Fetal Skeletal Dysplasias

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Osteochondrodysplasias, or skeletal dysplasias, are a genetically heterogenous group of over 350 disorders. Many of these disorders can develop in the prenatal period, which are diagnosed through an ultrasound. Differentiating these disorders is challenging because the occurrence is rare and the ultrasound findings do not identify a specific disorder. However, doctors should differentiate known lethal disorders

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