Encephaloceles | Testing and Diagnosis

How is an encephalocele diagnosed?

Usually encephaloceles are visible deformities and are diagnosed immediately after birth. Occasionally, a small encephalocele in the nasal or forehead region can go undetected.

Sometimes encephaloceles are detected during a routine prenatal ultrasound, at as early as 13 weeks’ gestation. If an encephalocele is suspected on an ultrasound, a fetal MRI can provide all the detail necessary to confirm the diagnosis.

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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, samantha.hall@childrens.harvard.edu.

International patients

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