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My 8 month old son has both microcephaly and hydranencephaly. Is there any treatment for hydranencephaly at this stage?

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How might hydranencephaly be treated?

Unfortunately, there is no definitive treatment for hydranencephaly. Management of the condition typically focuses on the specific signs and symptoms present in the affected individual and is mostly supportive. Hydrocephalus (the buildup of too much cerebral spinal fluid in the brain) may be treated with a shunt (a surgically implanted tube that helps to drain fluid from the brain).[1][2]
Last updated: 4/11/2012

What is microhydranencephaly?

Microhydranencephaly (MHAC) is a severe abnormality of brain development characterized by both microcephaly and hydranencephaly. Signs and symptoms may include severe microcephaly, scalp rugae (a series of ridges), and profound developmental delay.[3] Familial occurrence of the condition is very rare but it has been reported in a few families. It has been suggested that MHAC is possibly inherited in an autosomal recessive manner.[3][4]
Last updated: 4/11/2012