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Encephalocele is a rare type of neural tube defect (NTD) in which brain membranes (the tissue that covers the brain) protrude through openings in the skull. It is present at birth. The neural tube is a narrow channel that folds and closes to form the brain and spinal cord. An Encephalocele forms when the neural tube does not close properly during gestation. The cause is unknown.
The severity of encephalocele varies, depending on its location.
Encephaloceles are generally classified into the following categories based on where they occur and what they involve:
Having a child born with an encephalocele may feel over¬whelming. Knowing your child will likely require surgery is a lot for any parent to process. We hope you find comfort knowing that the Craniofacial Program at Boston Children’s Hospital Is a national leader in the treatment of children with craniofacial conditions. We are renowned for our extensive experience, surgical expertise, and commitment to innovative and compassionate care.
Families seeking the very best care for their child come to Boston Children’s for our:
For an appointment with the Cleft and Craniofacial Center, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please call us at 617-355-6309 or email our program coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at +01-617-355-5209.
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