Fetal Surgery for Myelomeningocele

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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
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Fetal surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Shunt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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