Journal of Pediatric Neurology 2020; 18(06): 292-296
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1715498
Review Article

Transition of Care of the Spina Bifida Patient from Childhood to Adulthood

Krystal L Tomei
1  Department of Neurological Surgery, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Xiaofei Zhou
2  Department of Neurological Surgery, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Abstract

Spina bifida is a complex disease process, the care of which involves multiple physicians and other healthcare providers in several disciplines. As our treatment of this disorder has improved over time, thus has survival of these patients into adulthood. Consideration in the care of young adults and adults with spina bifida poses significant challenges that parallel many other disease processes of childhood where medical advances have improved survival. We attempt to discuss the complex disorder that is spina bifida and some of the challenges associated with transition of care of these patients into adulthood.



Publication History

Received: 31 March 2019

Accepted: 15 April 2020

Publication Date:
20 August 2020 (online)

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