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Absence of the pituitary gland in a case of congenital sacral agenesis

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We report for the first time the combination of congenital sacral agenesis and congenital absence of the pituitary gland. This rare association is described in a baby born to a diabetic mother. The baby died at the age of 11 weeks after a cardiorespiratory collapse. The findings at necropsy, which included unusual neurological and visceral anomalies, are reported. We draw attention to the increasing evidence that maternal diabetes is a factor in producing foetal malformations.

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