Survival at 5 years of a cohort of newborn infants with myelomeningocele

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  • Over a nine-year period, 63 viable newborns with myelomeningocele were consecutively treated, of whom 11 (17%) developed brainstem symptoms assessed to be potentially life-threatening. All 11 underwent brainstem decompression by cervical laminectomy with stent placement between the fourth ventricle and the spinal subarachnoid space, at a median age of 8 months. 86% survived to 60 months of age. Those with brainstem dysfunction had a significantly greater mortality than those without, despite aggressive neurosurgical management by brainstem decompression.
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  • Worley G; Schuster JM; Oakes WJ
  • Start Page

  • 816
  • End Page

  • 822
  • Volume

  • 38
  • Issue

  • 9