Complications of a lumbosacral myelomeningocele

What are the most common complications of a lumbosacral myelomeningocele? 

  • Type II Arnold–Chiari malformation resulting in hydrocephalus
  • CNS infectious complications are common and devastating
  • Renal failure due to chronic and repeated urinary tract infections and obstructive uropathy
  • Seizures
  • Progressive spasticity and weakness in the legs, worsening bladder and bowel function, progressive scoliosis, or increasing low back pain and stiffness due to a “tethered cord”
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