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Doctors in Milan have successfully used a new technique to correct spina bifida in an unborn baby at 22 weeks.
A team of gynecologists and neurosurgeons at the city’s San Raffaele Hospital have successfully performed the "complete neurosurgical correction of spina bifida in utero," local media reports.
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The condition was diagnosed at the 19th week of pregnancy, and the operation, which lasted just over two hours, was carried out three weeks later.
The San Raffaele team, coordinated by Massimo Candiani, head physician of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Pietro Mortini, head of Neurosurgery, used a reduced invasive technique aimed at minimising the chance of traumas to the uterus and fetus.
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Doctors were able to pierce the amniotic sac through a single tiny incision of the uterus, the hospital told Italian media, and corrected the malformation in the spine with micro-tools and advanced neurosurgery techniques.
The mother is doing well, the hospital said, and has already been allowed to go home.
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