Spina bifida is a congenital disorder where the spinal column does not seal around the spinal cord. There are surgeries that can be done to reduce the amount of damage. The earlier these can be done, the better.
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A new study shows that fetal surgery may be the best option despite the risks. News-Medical.net reported on the study, which was published in Pediatrics.
Fetal surgery is usually performed if the spinal cord and its coverings protrude completely out of the hole in the spinal column. If this problem isn’t fixed, it can block cerebrospinal fluid and pull apart the brainstem.
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A study in 2011 showed that doing fetal surgery for this problem had better outcomes 12 months from birth. Fewer surgeries were needed to remove cerebrospinal fluid and a higher percentage of children could walk without assistance. This new study follows up on these children, who are now 6-10 years old.
The group that had fetal surgery had a 13% higher chance of walking unaided, a 34% reduction in the need for shunts to drain fluid, and those shunts needed fewer replacements.
Children who received fetal surgery were also six times more likely to use the bathroom on their own and needed fewer catheterizations.
The researchers warn that fetal surgery is still quite risky and requires an experienced team. However, the outcomes compared to traditional surgery are much better.