Neural tube defects are one of the most complex birth defects and require an understanding of the interactions of multiple systems: the central nervous, urological, and musculoskeletal systems. Therefore, a truly multidisciplinary team of specialists is required to provide comprehensive treatment.
Neural Tube Defects enables practitioners in all the relevant disciplines to gain understanding of how the pertinent elements of each system relevant to these afflictions relate to the other systems. The book focuses on quality-of-life issues and extensively surveys the medical, educational, social, and psychological needs of patients with neural tube defects. It studies best practices in the diagnosis, management, prevention, and screening of NTDs and details useful medical treatments and therapies that may reduce the impact of spina bifida on childhood and adolescent development. It also discusses psychological functioning in children and adolescents with spina bifida.
Table of Contents
History of Spina Bifida; Sonya G. Oppenheimer
The Global Epidemic of Folic Acid–Preventable Spina Bifida; Godfrey P. Oakley, Jr.
Multidisciplinary Management Including Prenatal Care; Catherine M. Shaer
School-Age Child: Academic Issues; James W. Loomis
Psychological Functioning in Children and Adolescents
with Spina Bifida; Robert T. Ammerman, Marsha J. Nortz, M. Douglas Ris,
and Nicolay C. Walz
Teenage Emphasis Achieving Independence; Donna Cheek Zahra
Adolescent Health-Care Transition; Thomas S. Webb and Tena Benson
Adults Who Have Spina Bifida: Work and Mental Health; Gregory S. Liptak
Review of Current Neurosurgical Issues; Kerry R. Crone and Benjamin Ling
New Orthopedic Trends; Junichi Tamai, Jose Herrera-Soto, and Alvin H. Crawford
New Urological Trends; Kazuyuki Nishinaka and Curtis A. Sheldon
Families that Have Children with Spina Bifida; Marlene L. Lutkenhoff
Ethical Issues; Linda S. Lazar