Other Names for this Disease
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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. Children who also have hydrocephalus may need a ventricular peritoneal shunt placed. This will help drain the extra fluid. 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.
Last updated: 4/24/2012
- Foster, M. Spina Bifida. Medscape Reference. August 2011; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/311113-overview. Accessed 4/24/2012.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Myelomeningocele. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.