Thursday, December 26, 2013

Spina bifida grown up.

Liptak GS, Garver K, Dosa NP. (2013) Spina bifida grown upJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2013 Apr;34(3):206-15.

The majority of people with spina bifida in the United States are now older than 18 years of age. Health care delivery for adults with this condition should include routine surveillance for common conditions such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia and cancer. It should also address spina bifida-related complications such as pressure sores, lymphedema, sexual dysfunction and infertility, and hydrocephalus, as well as chiari-related symptoms such as sleep apnea and urologic and renal functioning. Almost all adults with spina bifida benefit from regular followup with specialists in urology, neurosurgery and physiatry. Health care providers for adults with spina bifida should recognize the impact of executive dysfunction and nonverbal learning disability on self management, independent living, and employment in adults with spina bifida.

doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31828c5f88.

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