Diagnóstico Precoce de Encefalocelo Frontal Fetal – Caso Clínico


  • Ilda Rocha Pré-natal Diagnosis Unit, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia / Espinho
  • Rosete Nogueira Pré-natal Diagnosis Unit, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia / Espinho
  • Cristina Godinho Pré-natal Diagnosis Unit, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia / Espinho
  • Francisco Valente Pré-natal Diagnosis Unit, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia / Espinho




Encephalocele, neural tube defect, folic acid, fetal malformations


We describe a case of a frontal encephalocele (7,2 mm), diagnosed at the 10+2 weeks’ ultrasound, in a 27 year-old primigravida, without relevant medical or surgical history. No other malformations were found at the ultrasound examination. After reviewing the published literature, this is apparently the earliest case of isolated encephalocele diagnosed prenatally 46,XY). In the intrauterine follow-up until 17 weeks, the lesion reached 16mm in size and accompanied fetal growth. The intrauterine evolution and additional study with fetal brain magnetic resonance imaging contributed to the decision of the medical termination of pregnancy at 18 weeks. The autopsy findings were consistent with the diagnosis.


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Rocha I, Nogueira R, Godinho C, Valente F. Diagnóstico Precoce de Encefalocelo Frontal Fetal – Caso Clínico. REVNEC [Internet]. 2016Mar.8 [cited 2024Feb.23];23(4):219-22. Available from: https://revistas.rcaap.pt/nascercrescer/article/view/8790



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