J Pediatr Neurol 2019; 17(01): 038-040
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1608948
Case Report
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

An Infant with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the Setting of Hydranencephaly

K. S. Deerwester
1  Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
,
O. Avidan
2  Department of Pediatric Neurology, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, United States
,
A. K. Craig
1  Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
2  Department of Pediatric Neurology, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, United States
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Publication History

29 March 2017

26 October 2017

Publication Date:
08 December 2017 (eFirst)

Abstract

An infant of 37 weeks' gestation was born with signs and symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Upon further investigation, he was found to have congenital hydranencephaly, a condition in which the forebrain is absent. In this case report, we explore the mechanisms of NAS and hydranencephaly, and why an infant without a forebrain can still experience NAS symptoms.