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ABC’s Nightline Covers Family’s Prenatal Spina Bifida Repair at CHOP

Spina Bifida repair patient Luelle

After their baby was prenatally diagnosed with spina bifida, the Ross family came to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to undergo fetal surgery.

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Diagnostic Imaging of Myelomeningocele

Published on in In Utero Insights

Myelomeningocele (MMC) poses a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, and can also be a component of more complex syndromes or associations. For this reason, a thorough and detailed examination of the entire fetus, with visualization of every spinal segment, is necessary.

Fetal Myelomeningocele Closure: Technical Considerations

Published on in In Utero Insights

Fetal closure of an MMC is technically more challenging than the standard postnatal closure. The access is smaller, the structures are smaller and more delicate, the placode must be handled with more care, avoiding blood loss is critical, and the surgery must be performed quickly to limit the exposure of the fetus to the extrauterine environment.