CHOP-Led Research Proves Value of Prenatal Spina Bifida Repair

A landmark study shows dramatically improved outcomes for spina bifida when the defect is repaired before birth. Traditional treatment involves repairing the defect after the child is born.

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The Division of Neurosurgery offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services to infants, children and adolescents up to age 19. Particular emphasis is placed on the child with a brain tumor. A multidisciplinary neuro-oncology group is active in this area and all diagnostic modalities are available for the investigation of lesions of the brain, including CT scanning, magnetic resonance imaging, functional MRI and spectroscopy. Access to interventional services and focused radiation therapy techniques is also available through the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. The unit has a large clinical research program in pediatric head injuries and is prepared to accept those patients who require care at any time.

Additionally, expertise in cervical spinal trauma and other spinal disorders is available. The Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program (PREP), a multidisciplinary effort for children with refractory or intractable seizures, provides evaluation services, medical therapy and epilepsy surgery. A rhizotomy and baclofen pump program for children with cerebral palsy or other conditions associated with spasticity is available for evaluation, surgery and rehabilitation.

Services are also available for the care of the fetus with a suspected congenital malformation involving the brain and spine through the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. A multidisciplinary clinic is available for the care of the child born with myelomeningocele (see Spina Bifida Program).



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Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has one of the largest groups dedicated to treating pediatric brain tumors, neurofibromatosis, and associated tumors. Learn more about our treatment approach and surgery for brain tumors »

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