Researchers have mapped the brain development of fetuses with spinal bifida aperta between 21-34 weeks of gestation. The new brain map has been released via open access to help further research and monitoring of SBA throughout fetal development.
A new study reports fetuses with enlarged ventricles may be less likely to benefit from prenatal surgery to treat spina bifida than other fetuses, and are more likely to require a second surgery to relieve a build up of pressure on the brain.
Researchers identify a gene related to neural tube defects in dogs. They also found evidence the gene may be an important risk factor for human neural tube defects, including spina bifida and anencephaly.