Lo sviluppo neuropsichico dei bambini nati con spina bifida.

Translated title of the contribution: Neuropsychic development in children born with spina bifida

F. Piazza, M. G. Astori, F. Mollica, D. Locatelli, S. Pezzotta, C. Pluderi, A. Caroli, L. Santi, O. Ferrari Ginevra, G. Lanzi

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The authors present the outcome of 42 patients operated at birth for closure of the spinal malformation. The age of patients at first observation ranged from 3 months to 21 years (mean 8.3 years); 7 patients (16.7%) had a close spina bifida, 35 (83.3%) had an open spina bifida and 30 (85.7%) of them developed hydrocephalus. The protocol included neurological evaluation, determination of development quotient using the Griffith's scale and intelligence quotient using the Wise-R scale. Adolescents underwent also the Blacky pictures test and Offer's interview. Verticalization and tutorial deambulation were achieved in 95.2% of patients; 76% of patients had a I.Q. > 90. The emotional situation was unsatisfactory in the majority of patients due to reduced autonomy and limited self-consideration.

Translated title of the contributionNeuropsychic development in children born with spina bifida
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)597-600
Number of pages4
JournalPediatria Medica e Chirurgica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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