Myelomeningocele is a significantly disabling birth defect that relatively spares cognitive function. It affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems, typically causing some degree of paralysis and bowel and bladder dysfunction. It is associated with several other anomalies including, hydrocephalus, Chiari II malformation, tethered cord syndrome, and syringomyelia. Patients require regular multidisciplinary follow-up to manage these conditions.
Aug. 09, 2016