The results of early treatment of 100 consecutive newborns with myelomeningocele

D. G. McLone, A. J. Raimondi, M. W. Sommers

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One hundred consecutive newborns were treated for myelomeningocele at Children's Memorial Hospital from 1975 through 1978. 91% of the myelomeningoceles were closed within 24 hours of birth. The operative mortality was 2%. The overall mortality was 6% with a follow-up from 2 months to 4 years. 74% of the children required a shunt for hydrocephalus. Shunt infections occurred in 11% of those children shunted under 1 month, in 15% of all those with primary repair of the myelomeningocele within 24 hours. It is concluded that early aggressive management continues to be a major factor in both quantity as well as quality of survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-117
Number of pages3
JournalZeitschrift fur Kinderchirurgie
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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