ERIC Number: EJ889584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
Neurosurgical Management of Spina Bifida: Research Issues
Bowman, Robin M.; McLone, David G.
Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, v16 n1 p82-87 2010
The neurosurgical goal when treating children with spina bifida (predominantly myelomeningocele) is to maintain stable neurological functioning throughout the patient's life time. Unfortunately, few long-term outcome studies are available to help direct the neurosurgical care of a child born with myelomeningocele and often treatment relies more heavily upon the experience of senior practitioners. This article reviews the current literature regarding neurosurgical treatment strategies, with recommendations concerning including prenatal diagnosis, in utero treatment and delivery modes, and postnatal management. Given the overall declining prevalence of open neural tube defects world-wide, research collaboration amongst practitioners through multicenter trial are essential to improving the lives of people born with this most complex congenital anomaly.
Descriptors: Congenital Impairments, Neurological Impairments, Surgery, Disabilities, Clinical Diagnosis, Pregnancy, Quality of Life, Diagnostic Tests, Screening Tests, Neonates, Drug Therapy, Prenatal Care
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