Anencephaly (cont.)

How do people inherit anencephaly?

Most cases of anencephaly are sporadic, which means they occur in people with no history of the disorder in their family. A small percentage of cases have been reported to run in families; however, the condition does not have a clear pattern of inheritance. For parents who have had a child with anencephaly, the risk of having another affected child is increased compared to the risk in the general population.

SOURCE:

"Anencephaly." NIH Genetics Home Reference. 23 Oct. 2012.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/23/2012

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