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Course description: 

Neural tube defects - malformations of the brain and spine - are second only to cardiac defects underscoring the importance of prenatal diagnosis.  Modern uses of laboratory testing coupled with sonography increases our ability diagnose neural tube fusion failure. Early diagnosis of neural tube defects is possible through specific sonographic signs either as a direct or indirect finding. 



Course objectives: 

Upon completion of this tutorial, the learner will be able to:

  • Determine the maternal and teratogenic factors affecting fetal development.
  • Recognize the Carnegie stages of development.
  • Explain embryonic development of the face, brain, and neural tube.
  • List the normal anatomic landmarks for biometry of the biparietal diameter, cerebellum, ventricles, orbits, and cisterna magna.
  • Associate biochemical testing values to the risk of neural and facial malformations. 
  •  Identify the similarities and differences between cleft lip and cleft palate defects.
  • Differentiate the Arnold-Chiari from the Dandy-Walker malformation.<br>* Recognize normal and abnormal spinal, facial and cranial anatomy. 
  • Describe spinal development with a hemivertebrae. 
  • Discuss normal anatomy that mimics pathology. 
Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning


  • English

Course author(s): 

Susan Stephenson

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