Iniencephaly

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Note what signs you see.

We (Drs. S. Kalynka and W. Wertelecki) see a mass protruding from the occipital area and a virtually absent neck. The term “inien” points to neck. This is the first of several images to be posted next.

PERSPECTIVE: The cranial occipital bone is strictly speaking a cervical vertebra. Iniencephaly denotes underdevelopment or lack of fusion of the upper cervical spine. At times, occipital encephaloceles may be confused with iniencephaly. In this instance we do not know (have no access to imaging of the skeleton) but presume that iniencephaly is more likely. This infant is presented in a gallery of photographs and further explained in a video.

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