Postnatal in-vivo MRI findings in anencephaly

A. Poretti, A. Meoded, E. Ceritoglu, T. A.G.M. Huisman, E. Boltshauser

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We report on the MRI findings of an anencephalic infant who survived 10 weeks postnatally. MRI showed absence of the cranial vault, all supratentorial structures, and the cerebellum. A brainstem primordium without pontine prominence was present. The brainstem was surrounded by the area cerebrovasculosa. The absence of a pontine prominence in an anencephalic infant without cerebellar tissue supports the hypothesis that absent pontine prominence is found in children with a prenatal loss of cerebellar tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-266
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • anencephaly
  • brainstem
  • cerebellum
  • neural tube defects
  • neuroimaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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