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Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
Meningocele following aplasia of the occipital bone
  1. Torbjørn M Eggebø1,
  2. Janne Brathetland1,
  3. Hege U Dirdal2,
  4. Gunnar Houge3
  1. 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway
  3. 3Center for Medical Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
  1. Correspondence to Torbjørn M Eggebø, tme{at}


We describe a first trimester female foetus with aplasia of the occipital bone allowing a meningocele without skin coverage to be formed. The pregnancy was terminated, and on later autopsy the brain appeared to be intact. The foetus carried an apparently balanced translocation 46,XX,t(3;9)(p21.3;q22.3) inherited from a normal father and grandfather.

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