anencephaly

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anencephaly

[‚an‚en′sef·ə·lē]
(medicine)
A neural tube defect resulting in gross underdevelopment of the brain in fetal life.
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In the absence of brain temperature monitoring, this population appears to be afebrile and would not receive appropriate therapy.
Brain death can be established only on the basis of two tests that fulfill five legal criteria -- absence of brain activity, state of deep coma, absence of pupil movement, loss of seven brain stem reflexes, and the cessation of natural breathing.
The cardinal features of brain death are apnea, profound coma and unresponsiveness, and absence of brain stem reflexes.
This number - the BIS value - ranges from 100 (indicating an awake patient) to zero (indicating the absence of brain activity).
Surgical intervention is contraindicated in patients with an absence of brain stem reflexes, significant vital brain destruction, uncontrolled intracranial pressure, liver failure, and no or poor flow on CT angiography.