How I Do It: Management of spina bifida in a hospital in The People′s Republic of China

Nan Bao, Jorge Lazareff
2015 Surgical neurology international  
We present our personal experience on patients with Spina Bifida. It is the result of having treated 1600 children for 12 years at Shanghai Children's Medical Center. We classify the cases on Spina Bifida Manifesta (myelomeningocele, myelocele, lypomyelomeningocele) or Spina Bifida Oculta (lipoma, dermal sinus and thickened filum terminale). For the former, we recommend surgery within 24-48 h after birth. For the latter we recommend preventive surgery months after birth. We acknowledge that the
more » ... diameter of the spinal canal is a problem for large remnant lesions. In cases of myelomeningocele, we prefer to place the shunt and close the defect in the same procedure, it reduces the risks inherent to exposure to anesthesia, reduces hospital stay, and related costs. If there is a suspicious of infection, we do not place the shunt on the same procedure. The personal description of the preferred techniques for closure of the different defects is described.
doi:10.4103/2152-7806.161410 pmid:26236554 pmcid:PMC4521313 fatcat:gg45tg2vhjgvhdulnxzyik4obq