Results of selective early operation in myelomeningocele.

@article{Stark1973ResultsOS,
  title={Results of selective early operation in myelomeningocele.},
  author={Gordon D. Stark and M Drummond},
  journal={Archives of disease in childhood},
  year={1973},
  volume={48 9},
  pages={
          676-83
        }
}
In a 6-year period 163 unselected newborn infants with open myelomeningocele were assessed. 48%, considered to have the most favourable prognosis, were selected for early back closure and vigorous subsequent treatment. The more severely affected remainder were given only symptomatic treatment unless long-term survival seemed likely. The major adverse criteria were severe paralysis, gross head enlargement, and spinal deformity such as kyphosis. More than 70% of selected infants were alive at 6… CONTINUE READING

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