Anencephaly: Overview

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Anencephaly is a birth defect in which the infant's brain fails to develop. Essentially the baby is born without a brain. Most anencephalic children die within a few days of birth. There has been a great deal of controversy regarding the use of anencephalic infants' organs for transplantation.

Anencephaly tends to occur in certain geographical areas more so than others. For instance, the rate of anencephaly in some cities along the Texas / Mexico border is much higher than the national average. Researchers suspect industrial and agricultural pollution may be to blame.

See Also

  1. Birth Defects
  2. Matamoros, Mexico & Brownsville, Texas: Overview
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