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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 148-151

Sonographic diagnosis of fetal meningomyelocele in an obese patient: Report of a case

1 Department of Radiology, Ave Maria Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ave Maria Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
3 Department of Radiography, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine of The University of Lagos, Yaba Campus, Lagos, Nigeria

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Mr. Ernest Ruto Upeh
Department of Radiology, Ave Maria Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcls.jcls_53_19

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Meningomyelocele and meningocele are common neural tube defects in developing countries. Risk factors include poor sensitization of intending mothers on preconception folic acid use, maternal obesity, hyperthermia from malaria, and high pollution levels. Some of the problems associated with this condition include lack of dedicated spinal bifida clinics, expensive treatment, the social stigma associated with the condition, and poor awareness about the condition among local physicians. This has led to poor management outcomes. A multidisciplinary approach involving neonatologists/pediatricians, obstetricians, neurosurgeons, radiologists, psychologists, and physiotherapists is necessary to optimize patient outcome.

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