How does this happen?
How does a child become hydrancephalic?
Hydranencephaly generally, in most cases, has no identifiable cause. Though there are several possibilities – there is often a huge misconception that drug use or lack of prenatal care causes severe developmental disabilities such as hydranencephaly… not always the case.
Hydranencephaly is a cephalic condition - there are several and there are some areas of crossover in diagnosing. For example, hydranencephaly is a severe form of porencephaly and the combination of two other cephalic conditions: hydrocephalus and anencephaly. You can read about all of this in another post: Thankful Thursday: Passion
But again, how does this happen?
Contrary to popular belief and misinformation given by medical professionals - this isn't caused by the underdevelopment of the brain. In actuality, the damage that causes hydranencephaly happens AFTER the brain has developed... after the first trimester of pregnancy and even in to infancy.
From Wikipedia (I only reference this definition because I wrote it):
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