Antenatal management of fetal neurosurgical diseases

Abstract

The advance in the imaging tools during the pregnancy (ultrasound and magnetic resonance) allowed the early diagnose of many fetal diseases, including the neurological conditions. This progress brought the neurosurgeons the possibility to propose treatments even before birth. Myelomeningocele is the most recognized disease that can be treated during pregnancy with a high rate of success. Additionally, this field can be extended to other conditions such as hydrocephalus and encephaloceles. However, each one of these diseases has nuances in the diagnostic evaluation that should fit the requirements to perform the fetal procedure and overbalance the benefits to the patients. In this article, the authors aim to review the neurosurgical aspects of the antenatal management of neurosurgical conditions based on the experience of a pediatric neurosurgery center.

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