Recommendation ID

Evidence on the efficacy of open prenatal repair of open neural tube defects in the fetus is adequate in quantity and quality. However, evidence on its safety shows serious but well recognised safety concerns for the mother and fetus. Therefore, this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent, and audit or research.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Further research should report details of risks to the mother (including her subsequent pregnancies), risks to the fetus (including the need for further surgery) and long-term disability after birth.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Open prenatal repair for open neural tube defects in the fetus
Date issued
January 2020

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? Yes  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/01/2020