INCIDENCE OF MYELOMENINGOCELE WITH ANENCEPHALY IN VIZIANAGARAM DISTRICT OF NORTH COASTAL ANDHRA PRADESH

Durgesh, Vijaya Lakshmi K, Ramana Rao
2013 International Journal of Basic and Applied Medical Sciences   unpublished
Anencephaly is a condition that prevents the normal development of the brain and the bones of the skull. This condition results when the neural tube fails to close during the first few weeks of embryonic development. The neural tube is a layer of cells that ultimately develops into the brain and spinal cord. Anencephaly is caused by abnormality of the neural tube which fails to approximate from the sides at the rostral end between the 20th and 28th days of Intra uterine life (IUL). The present
more » ... (IUL). The present study showed an incidence of 5.084 neural tube defects per 1000 births and an incidence of 0 .84 cases of Anencephaly associated with myelomeningocele per 1000 births. The present study once again reiterates the significance of periconceptional folic acid supplementation intake. Hence a good nutritional status with supplementation of folic acid will go a long way in the prevention of NTDs in this region of Andhra Pradesh.
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