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2008-08-05-13 Spina bifida © Ha To Nguyen
Spina bifida  

Ha To Nguyen, MD.

Director of Imaging Diagnosis Department, Maternal Tudu Hospital, 284 Cong Quynh St Dist 1, Hochimin City, Vietnam.


Case report

The images below show a case of spina bifida diagnosed during the second trimester scan. 

Images 1, 2: The image 1 shows a transverse scan of the fetal head with enlargement of the lateral cerebral ventricles. The image 2 shows coronal scan of the fetal lumbar spine with spina bifida which explains the cranial finding.


Images 3, 4: The image 3 represents a coronal scan of the fetal spina bifida. The image 4 shows an oblique parasagittal scan which looks almost normal. This is an example which shows an importance of assessment of the spine in all three orthogonal planes.


Images 5, 6: 3D images showing the spina bifida.


Image 7: Postnatal appearance of the spina bifida.


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