Open myelomeningocele

Neurosurg Clin N Am. 1995 Apr;6(2):231-41.


This article defines open myelomeningocele and describes its development in the embryo. The anatomic features of the neural placode, pia-arachnoid, and dorsal versus ventral roots are well described. The surgical technique and prenatal and postnatal care are detailed. Anomalies associated with open myelomeningocele are also described. The concept of a team approach to treating children with myelomeningocele and their families is addressed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Meningomyelocele / embryology
  • Meningomyelocele / surgery*
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Prognosis
  • Spina Bifida Cystica / embryology
  • Spina Bifida Cystica / surgery*
  • Spinal Cord / embryology
  • Spinal Cord / surgery
  • Suture Techniques