Am J Perinatol 1993; 10(2): 175-177
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-994655

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Prolonged Survival of two Anencephalic Infants

Gary McAbee, Jack Sherman, J. Atilio Canas, Harriet Boxer
  • Department of Neurology and The Divisions of Genetics, Endocrinology & Neonatology, The Department of Pediatrics, Nassau County Medical Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York
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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.