A Boy Who Had Spinal Surgery in the Womb Stands on His Own Two Feet

Operating before birth can minimize nerve damage caused by severe defects in tissue around the spinal column.
Source: NYT - Category: American Health Authors: Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Paralysis Birth Defects Spina Bifida Disabilities Spine (Body Part) Fetal surgery Texas Children ' s Hospital your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

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CONCLUSIONS: Continued refinement of a minimally invasive strategy for prenatal treatment of spina bifida is necessary to maximize benefits to the child and further minimize maternal risks and preterm birth. PMID: 30486637 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Minerva Ginecologica - Category: OBGYN Tags: Minerva Ginecol Source Type: research
Dr JK Anand, Chris Pageand Pam Lunnreflect on the UK government ’s decisionOf course the planned fortification of flour with folic acid will help – where the cause of spina bifida is nutritional deficiency of folic acid (All UK flour to be given folic acid additive, 15 October). However, it can not conceivably prevent the defect where it is due to genetic factors – two defective genes from two parents coming together.In some parts of the world consanguineous marriages are commoner than in others. An academic paper in the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition (Vol 32, No 2, June 2014) by Nazish Jabee...
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CONCLUSIONS: Women with spina bifida have an increased risk of severe maternal and infant complications at delivery, compared with no spina bifida. Implications for Rehabilitation A growing number of women with spina bifida achieve pregnancy, but pregnancy outcomes are poorly understood. In a large pregnancy cohort, women with spina bifida had a high risk of severe maternal and infant morbidity at delivery. Women with spina bifida may benefit from enhanced periconceptional counseling and obstetric monitoring by health professionals. Guidelines should be developed for rehabilitation care providers to improve the obstetric m...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
Authors: Abstract Neural tube defects (NTDs) are congenital structural abnormalities of the central nervous system and vertebral column. Neural tube defects may occur as an isolated malformation, in combination with other malformations, as part of a genetic syndrome, or as a result of teratogenic exposure (1). Neural tube defects are the second-most-common major congenital anomaly (2) after cardiac malformations, and their prevalence varies by geographic region, race, and environmental factors (3). Outcomes and disabilities depend on level and extent of lesion; for instance, anencephaly is incompatible with life ...
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
Authors: Abstract Neural tube defects (NTDs) are congenital structural abnormalities of the central nervous system and vertebral column. Neural tube defects may occur as an isolated malformation, in combination with other malformations, as part of a genetic syndrome, or as a result of teratogenic exposure (1). Neural tube defects are the second-most-common major congenital anomaly (2) after cardiac malformations, and their prevalence varies by geographic region, race, and environmental factors (3). Outcomes and disabilities depend on level and extent of lesion; for instance, anencephaly is incompatible with life ...
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
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In a startling experimental procedure, doctors lift the uterus from a pregnant woman and operate on a fetus with miniature instruments.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Birth Defects Spina Bifida Disabilities Surgery and Surgeons Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children's Hospital Source Type: news
Authors: Abstract Myelomeningocele, a severe form of spina bifida, occurs in approximately 1 in 3,000 live births in the United States. The extent of disability is generally related to the level of the myelomeningocele defect, with a higher upper level of lesion generally corresponding to greater deficits. Open maternal-fetal surgery for myelomeningocele repair is a major procedure for the woman and her affected fetus. Although there is demonstrated potential for fetal and pediatric benefit, there are significant maternal implications and complications that may occur acutely, postoperatively, for the duration of ...
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
One of my challenges in working with patients suffering from addictive illnesses is to help increase their motivation to stick with a long-term recovery plan. This is a significant challenge for many reasons, especially because the disease of addiction affects the brain's ability to value long term recovery. The one exception to this difficulty, in many cases, is when a female patient gets pregnant. I have witnessed women who struggled for years with an addictive illness discover they are pregnant and, when the pregnancy is wanted, are able to make incredible strides in their recovery. They are often able to maintain sobri...
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ConclusionThe time around conception and the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are known to be an important time for the development of the brain and spinal cord. Crucially, folic acid supplementation at this time is known to decrease the risk of defects such as spina bifida. In the US, the compulsory fortification of flour with 140mg of folic acid per 100g of enriched cereal grain product was introduced in 1998. This has been estimated to provide 200mg of folic acid per day to women of childbearing age. In the UK, the decision was not made to fortify flour, but since 1992 the government instead recommended that women take 400 m...
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