Preventing neural tube defects in Ireland

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Title: Preventing neural tube defects in Ireland
Authors: Turner, Michael J.
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Date: 3-Nov-2017
Online since: 2019-05-09T08:17:25Z
Abstract: 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.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Medical Times
Journal: Irish Medical Journal
Volume: 110
Start page: 38
Copyright (published version): 2017 Irish Medical Times
Keywords: Neural tube defects (NTDs)Congenital neurodevelopmental malformationsAnencephalySpina bifidaEncephalocoleleFolic acid
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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