Prolonged Unassisted Survival in an Infant With Anencephaly

BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Oct 31;2016:bcr2016215986. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-215986.


Anencephaly is one of the most lethal congenital defects. This case report is of an anencephalic infant who lived to 28 months of life and defies current literature. She is the longest surviving anencephalic infant who did not require life-sustaining interventions. This case presents the obstacles that arose from this infant's prolonged life and recommendations based on these findings.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anencephaly / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Life Support Care*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Pregnancy
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal