Fetal Diagnosis of Neural Tube Defect

  • Harold Kalter

Prenatal diagnosis or identification of NTD has been mentioned often above. Here I describe its beginnings. First, it must be understood that the main purpose of identifying NTD prenatally has been the pragmatic one of enabling selective abortion of affected fetuses (Nørgaard-Pedersen et al. 1985, Hendricks et al. 1988, Stoll et al. 1988, Alembik et al. 1997, Hume et al. 1996, Rankin et al. 2000, Ray et al. 2002, Cedergren and Selbing 2006). This brings us to consider the means of such identification and to the subject of prenatal diagnosis of NTD and its significance.


Prenatal Diagnosis Spina Bifida Neural Tube Defect Cleft Palate Selective Abortion 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold Kalter
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  1. 1.Children’s Hospital Medical Center College of MedicineUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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