Fetal surgery for spina bifida aperta: To be or not to be?

M. Patricolo, G. Noia, F. Pomini, L. Perilli, E. Iannace, C. Catesini, S. Mancuso, P. Caione

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Abstract

Fetal SBA (spina bifida aperta) has been operated upon in more than 213 cases in the USA in the last 8 years. Indications and results still remain controversial. Our group reproduced successfully Meuli's model in sheep and reviewed the literature on SBA and the Internet updated sites on the theme. Then we reviewed the follow-up of all cases operated upon postnatally in 20 years at a Neurosurgery Department in Rome. We published all the data regarding the three above-mentioned steps. This paper contains reflections on the three, and our opinion on the correct approach to prenatally diagnosed SBA, as far as fetal surgery is concerned.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Supplement
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Fetal surgery
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Spina bifida aperta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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