Fetal surgery for myelomeningocele: Panacea or peril?

Shinjiro Hirose, Claudia Meuli-Simmen, Martin Meuli

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Myelomeningocele affects thousands of children worldwide with devastating consequences. In an effort to improve neurologic outcome, fetal surgery has been performed for myelomeningocele for the past 5 years. Sensorimotor function is not appreciably improved, although there may be a reduction in hindbrain herniation and a decreased need for ventriculoperitoneal shunting. The long-term clinical consequences of these findings are not clear. What is clear, however, is that further study in the form of a prospective, randomized trial is mandatory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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