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Prolonged Survival of two Anencephalic Infants
04 March 2008 (online)
Two infants with anencephaly survived for 7 and 10 months without the need for prolonged assisted mechanical ventilation. One infant prospectively fulfilled all four criteria of the Medical Task Force on Anencephaly, making diagnosis almost certain. Prolonged survival of anencephalic infants is important not only to provide adequate counseling, but also for its relevance to organ transplantation.