A member asked:

Does spinal dysraphism surgery in newborn causes problems in later life .my son now 15 having pain in legs due to spondylolisthesis at l5-s1, ?

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Dysraphism issues vary by case & the initial surgery is focused at closing the defect while preserving as much function as possible.Open defects would be prone to invasive infection & permanent damage by germs so closing the defect affords some protection as the child grows.Spondylolisthesis & or cord tethering in later life is often seen in this patient group & relates to the original defects

Answered Aug 23, 2012



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Dr. Richard Pollard answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

This problem could have many causes. I would suggest an evaluation by a neurosurgeon. With mris and physical examination they would be able to offer a course of treatment.

Answered Apr 24, 2015



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