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Minerva Pediatrica 2007 February;59(1):53-6

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Occipital mega encephalocele. Case report

Vergara G. 1, Vergara P. 2

1 Unit of Neonatology and Pediatrics A. Maresca Hospital, ASL Napoli 5, Naples, Italy
2 Department of Neurosurgery Federico II University, Naples, Italy


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Encephalocele is a central nervous system malformation characterized by the herniation of the intracranial structures through a bony defect of the skull table. This is a case of a newborn female with a mega occipital encephalocele due to herniation of a part of the ventricular system. Urgent resection of the encephalocele and reconstruction of the meningeal and bone sheaths were performed. Nonetheless encephalocele has a poor prognosis and the surgical resection of particularly voluminous herniated masses can usually provoke severe deficits . The little patient, at discharge, one month after surgery, fed spontaneously and her motility was conserved

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