A new look at myelomeningoceles: functional level, vertebral level, shunting, and the implications for fetal intervention.

@article{Rintoul2002ANL,
  title={A new look at myelomeningoceles: functional level, vertebral level, shunting, and the implications for fetal intervention.},
  author={Natalie E. Rintoul and Leslie N. Sutton and Anne Marie Hubbard and Brian Cohen and Jeanne B Melchionni and Patrick S. Pasquariello and N. Scott Adzick},
  journal={Pediatrics},
  year={2002},
  volume={109 3},
  pages={409-13}
}
OBJECTIVE Previous reports have suggested that 80% to 85% of patients who have a myelomeningocele (MMC) and undergo surgical repair after birth develop hydrocephalus and require the placement of a ventricular shunt. However, the rate of shunting as a function of spinal level is not well established. We sought to determine the distribution of postnatally repaired MMC lesions as characterized by both functional and radiologic assessment, as well as the incidence of shunting when patients were… CONTINUE READING
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