Open spina bifida: Does cesarean section delivery improve prognosis?

Jeannette T. Bensen, Robert G. Dillard, Barbara K. Burton*

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Records were reviewed retrospectively on 72 infants with open spina bifida followed from birth through one year of age. Thirty-two infants were born by cesarean section and 40 vaginally. The following variables were compared between the two groups: 1) mortality in the nursery and between nursery discharge and one year of age, 2) incidence of meningitis in the neonatal period, 3) length of initial hospital stay, and 4) neurologic and developmental status at one year. No significant differences were noted between the two groups. Although it has been suggested that cesarean section may improve the prognosis for infants with open spina bifida, our data do not support that conclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-534
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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