Neural Tube Defects

  • Shona Swenson Lenss


Neural tube defects (spina bifida) are congenital anomalies that result from incomplete closure of the neural tube in utero. This chapter discusses the pathophysiology, epidemiology, medical/surgical treatments, and nursing care for patients with open neural tube defects such as myelomeningocele as well as closed neural tube defects. Results from the MOMs trial, hydrocephalus, latex precautions, bowel and bladder continence, tethered cord syndrome, and cutaneous signs of spina bifida occulta are also discussed. Parent stories are included to give a perspective about what life with a child with spina bifida is like.


Neural Tube Spina Bifida Cerebral Spinal Fluid Neural Tube Defect Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radiology Associates of AppletonAppleton Medical CenterAppletonUSA

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