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Myelomeningocele


Other Names for this Disease
  • Meningomyelocele
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Treatment

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How might myelomeningocele be treated?

A child with meningomyelocele usually has surgery to close the myelomenigocele shortly after birth. This prevents infections and helps save the spinal cord from more damage.[5181] Children who also have hydrocephalus may need a ventricular peritoneal shunt placed. This will help drain the extra fluid.[5182] In the United States, antibiotics, sac closure, and ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement are the standard of care and are implemented soon after birth in 93-95% of patients.[1]
Last updated: 4/24/2012

References
  1. Foster, M. Spina Bifida. Medscape Reference. August 2011; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/311113-overview. Accessed 4/24/2012.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Meningomyelocele
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.