Prolonged survival in hydranencephaly: a case report.

Cassondra Covington, Henry Taylor, Chandler Gill, Bimal Padaliya, William Newman, John R. Smart, P. David Charles

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Individuals with hydranencephaly, a congenital deformity resulting in a virtual absence of cerebral hemispheres, generally do not survive past infancy. Two published cases report survival past the age of 10. We report the oldest known survivor at 20 years, 6 months and compare the behavioral and anatomical characteristics of these three cases. Finally, this condition is discussed in regards to the concept and implications of minimally conscious state (MCS).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-424
Number of pages2
JournalTennessee medicine : journal of the Tennessee Medical Association
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


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