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Preventing neural tube defects in Ireland
Turner, Michael J.
Neural tube defects (NTDs) are a group of serious congenital neurodevelopmental malformations, where there is incomplete closure of the neural tube during the first month after conception. In a national audit of 2009-11, the incidence was 1.04/1,000 births: 45 per cent had anencephaly, 49 per cent had spina bifida and 6 per cent had an encephalocolele (McDonnell et al, 2015). Anencephaly is incompatible with survival beyond the first week of life. In contrast, a recent comprehensive report from Temple St Hospital estimated that 500 patients in the country and their families face the lifelong consequences of coping with spina bifida.
Keyword(s): Neural tube defects (NTDs); Congenital neurodevelopmental malformations; Anencephaly; Spina bifida; Encephalocolele; Folic acid
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): Irish Medical Times
First Indexed: 2019-05-11 06:31:32 Last Updated: 2019-05-11 06:31:32