Fetal Surgery for Myelomeningocele

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Abstract

Fetal intervention for myelomeningocele (MMC) may improve hydrocephalus and hindbrain herniation associated with the Arnold-Chiari II malformation and may reduce the need for ventriculoperitoneal shunting. As of now, there is little evidence that prenatal repair of MMC improves neurologic function. MMC is the first nonlethal disease under consideration and study for fetal surgery. As a result, potential improvements in outcome must be balanced with maternal safety and well-being, in addition to that of the unborn patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-438
Number of pages8
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

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Meningomyelocele
Arnold-Chiari Malformation
Rhombencephalon
Hydrocephalus
Nervous System
Mothers
Safety

Keywords

  • Fetal surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Shunt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Fetal Surgery for Myelomeningocele. / Hirose, Shinjiro; Farmer, Diana L.

In: Clinics in Perinatology, Vol. 36, No. 2, 06.2009, p. 431-438.

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