Long-term outcome in surgically treated spina bifida cystica

Isao Date, Yasunori Yagyu, Shoji Asari, Takashi Ohmoto

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This report describes the long-term operative outcome of 72 patients with spina bifida cystica. The period of follow-up was between 4 and 20 years. In our series, 17 patients died, with the mortality rate increasing as the lesions were more rostral. All cases involving only a meningocele are living without handicap. The cases of spina bifida cystica with hydrocephalus had higher morbidity and mortality when compared to those without hydrocephalus. We conclude that the rostro-caudal location, the content of the sac, and whether there is associated hydrocephalus are important factors influencing the long-term prognosis of spina bifida cystica.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-475
Number of pages5
JournalSurgical Neurology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993


  • Long-term follow-up
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Operation
  • Spina bifida cystica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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