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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Worley, G; Schuster, JM; Oakes, WJ

Published Date

  • September 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 816 - 822

PubMed ID

  • 8810713

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-1622

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1996.tb15116.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England