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Among fetuses with spina bifida aperta leg movements may be observed in utero but cease soon after birth. Both open and endoscopic closure of the myelomeningocele before birth may preserve neurological function but at the expense of increased risk of preterm birth, intraoperative complications and uterine scar defects. Researchers in The Netherlands and Germany have compared endoscopic fetal closure with neonatal …
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