Anesthesia for myelomeningocele surgery in fetus

Childs Nerv Syst. 2017 Jul;33(7):1169-1175. doi: 10.1007/s00381-017-3437-7. Epub 2017 May 25.


Background: Administering anesthesia for prenatal repair of myelomeningocele reveals several issues that are unique to this new form of treatment. This includes issues such as fetal well-being, surgical conditions and monitoring, among others. Exploring, analyzing, and understanding the different variables that are involved will help us reduce the high level of risk associated with this surgery.

Objective: This review provides a systematic approach to the issues that are faced by anesthesiologists during fetal surgery.

Keywords: Congenital malformation; Fetal anesthesia; Fetal surgery; Myelomeningocele surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia / methods*
  • Fetal Diseases / surgery*
  • Fetus
  • Humans
  • Meningomyelocele / surgery*
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / methods*
  • Prenatal Diagnosis