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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Feb;210(2):107-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2013.09.016. Epub 2013 Sep 18.

Position statement on fetal myelomeningocele repair.

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The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.


Following the promising multicenter randomized trial results of in utero fetal myelomeningocele repair; we anticipate that an increasing number of tertiary care centers may want to offer this therapy. It is essential to establish minimum criteria for centers providing open fetal myelomeningocele repair to ensure optimal maternal and fetal/pediatric outcomes, as well as patient safety both short- and long-term; and to advance our knowledge of the role and benefit of fetal surgery in the management of fetal myelomeningocele. The fetal myelomeningocele Maternal-Fetal Management Task Force was initially convened by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to discuss the implementation of maternal fetal surgery for myelomeningocele. The decision was made to develop the optimal practice criteria presented in this document for the purpose of medical and surgical leadership. These criteria are not intended to be used for legal or regulatory purposes.


MMC Maternal-Fetal Management Task Force; fetal myelomeningocele repair; myelomeningocele; spina bifida

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