Atelencephaly is a rare, fatal neurological disorder that is caused by a genetic mutation. The exact cause of the mutation is unknown, but there are certain risk factors that may increase the likelihood of a child being born with the condition. These include:
1. Advanced maternal age: Women over the age of 35 are more likely to have a child with Atelencephaly.
2. Family history: If a family member has Atelencephaly, there is an increased risk of the condition being passed down to future generations.
3. Exposure to certain environmental toxins: Exposure to certain environmental toxins, such as lead, mercury, and certain pesticides, may increase the risk of Atelencephaly.
4. Certain medications: Certain medications, such as valproic acid, have been linked to an increased risk