Neural Tube Defects Follow-up

Updated: Nov 26, 2018
  • Author: Nir Shimony, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Children with open NTDs need comprehensive follow-up in a multimodality setting involving numerous specialties and subspecialties.

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Further Inpatient Care

See the list below:

  • Neonatology

  • Pediatric neurology

  • Pediatric neurosurgery

  • Pediatric orthopedics

  • Urology

  • Physical medicine

  • Orthopedic surgery

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Complications

Complications may include the following:

  • Infections

  • Bladder dysfunction [42]

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Prognosis

Prognosis depends upon the defect and ranges from excellent to poor.

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Patient Education

Many groups exist with interests concerning the particular child.

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Brain and Nervous System Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Spina Bifida.

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