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The orthopaedic management of myelomeningocele

Anria Horn, Stewart Dix-Peek, Stewart Mears, Eduard Hoffman

Abstract


Despite improvement in antenatal care and screening, myelomeningocele remains the most common congenital birth defect, with a reported incidence of 1 - 2.5/1 000 patients in the Western Cape, South Africa. The multidisciplinary team involved in the Spinal Defects Clinic at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hoapital, Cape Town, South Africa consists of neurosurgeons, urologists, orthopaedic surgeons, stomatherapists and orthotists.  Orthopaedic surgeons have a protean involvement in the management of myelomeningocele.


Authors' affiliations

Anria Horn, Department of Orthopaedics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Stewart Dix-Peek, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital; University of Cape Town, South Africa

Stewart Mears, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital; University of Cape Town, South Africa

Eduard Hoffman, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital; University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Myelomeningocele

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2014;104(4):314. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8160

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-03-07
Date published: 2014-03-11

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