ISSN 1305-3825 | E-ISSN 1305-3612
Fetal Imaging - Case Report 2016
Ultrasonographic prenatal diagnosis of isolated acephaly
1 Departments of Radiology, Adnan Menderes University School of Medicine, Aydın, Turkey  
2 From the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Adnan Menderes University School of Medicine, Aydın, Turkey  
3 From the Departments of Pathology, Adnan Menderes University School of Medicine, Aydın, Turkey  
4 From the Departments of Genetics, Adnan Menderes University School of Medicine, Aydın, Turkey  
5 From the Departments of Radiology, Adnan Menderes University School of Medicine, Aydın, Turkey  
Diagn Interv Radiol 2007; 13: 196-198

Key Words: acephaly • prenatal diagnosis • ultrasonography • amniotic band syndrome
Abstract

First trimester obstetric ultrasonography of a 32-yearold female patient revealed a 13-week-old (according to the length of the femur and abdominal circumference) intrauterine live pregnancy with the absence of the fetal head. Medical abortus was performed with the diagnosis of acephaly and final diagnosis was confirmed by pathological and radiological examinations. We present and discuss the possible etiopathologic mechanisms of an acephaly case, which is described as acardia-acephaly complex in the literature, and usually appears in cases of twin reversed arterial perfusion sequence, but has not been previously reported as an isolated finding.

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