Journal article

Survival of infants with neural tube defects in Western Australia 1966-1990.

M Kalucy, C Bower, F Stanley, P Burton

Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol | Published : 1994

Abstract

To investigate the survival of infants with neural tube defects in Western Australia from 1966 to 1990, cases of neural tube defects were ascertained from multiple sources. Survival of infants with anencephaly, spina bifida, and encephalocoele was examined separately, and four birth cohorts were compared: 1966-1972 (when most surviving infants were actively treated), 1973-1979 (a period of stringent application of selection criteria for treatment), 1980-1985 (some relaxation of selection criteria), and 1986-1990 (further relaxation of selection criteria). There was an increase in terminations of pregnancies affected with anencephaly over the study period, and a fall in the proportion of both..

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