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Neural tube defects are birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord. They happen in the first month of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows that she is pregnant. The two most common neural tube defects are spina bifida and anencephaly. In spina bifida, the fetal spinal column doesn't close completely. There is usually nerve damage that causes at least some paralysis of the legs. In anencephaly, most of the brain and skull do not develop. Babies with anencephaly are either stillborn or die shortly after birth. Another type of defect, Chiari malformation, causes the brain tissue to extend into the spinal canal.

The exact causes of neural tube defects aren't known. You're at greater risk of having an infant with a neural tube defect if you

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  1. Neural Tube Defects (National Library of Medicine)  
    Neural tube defects are birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord. They happen in the first month ... that she is pregnant. The two most common neural tube defects are spina bifida and anencephaly. In spina bifida, ...
  2. What Are Neural Tube Defects? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
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  3. Neural Tube Defects (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)  
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  4. How Do Health Care Providers Diagnose Neural Tube Defects? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
    ... and Publications How do health care providers diagnose neural tube defects? Skip sharing on social media links Share this: Page Content Neural tube defects are usually diagnosed before the infant is born, ...
  5. Neural Tube Defects From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
    ... NICHD Research Information Clinical Trials Resources and Publications Neural Tube Defects (NTDs): Overview Skip sharing on social media links Share this: Page Content Neural tube defects are birth defects that can occur early in ...
  6. Opioid Use and Neural Tube Defects (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... Page Contact Us Key Findings: Opioid Use and Neural Tube Defects The journal Obstetrics and Gynecology has published a ... relationship to having a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect (NTD). Researchers from Boston University and CDC found ...
  7. Folic Acid Helps Prevent Neural Tube Defects (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... Submit Button CDC Features Folic Acid Helps Prevent Neural Tube Defects Language: English Español (Spanish) Share Compartir If a ... brain and spine. These birth defects are called neural tube defects. CDC and the US Public Health Service urge ...
  8. Are There Disorders or Conditions Associated with Neural Tube Defects? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
    ... Publications Are there disorders or conditions associated with neural tube defects? Skip sharing on social media links Share this: Page Content Infants born with neural tube defects that are not immediately fatal may have other ...
  9. Folic Acid for the Prevention of Infant Neural Tube Defects: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Summaries for Patients are a service provided by Annals to help patients better understand the complicated and ...
  10. What Are the Treatments for Neural Tube Defects? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
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