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Anencephaly is a lethal congenital anomaly which can be detected on ultrasound as early as 11 weeks of gestation.
If some amount of neural tissue is present this condition is termed as exencephaly.
Folic acid supplements in reproductive age group is helpful for prevention of neural tube defects. No treatment option is available for anencephaly.
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