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How is iniencephaly treated?

There is no standard treatment for iniencephaly, since most infants rarely live longer than a few hours. Medicine is based more on prevention using supplementation with folic acid. Numerous studies have demonstrated that mothers can reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects, such as iniencephaly, by up to 70 percent with daily supplements of at least four mg of folic acid. Pregnant women should avoid taking antiepileptic drugs, diuretics, antihistamines, and sulfa drugs, which have been shown to be associated with an increased risk of neural tube defects. Maternal obesity and diabetes are also known to increase the risk for these disorders.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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