Patch May Allow Spina Bifida Repair Before Birth, Study Says

July 12, 2016

(UPI) – A series of experimental surgeries suggests applying a patch to fetuses with spina bifida could prevent them from being born with the condition and allow for normal development. Researchers at the University of Texas found a donated patch from cryopreserved human umbilical cord could treat spina bifida and allow children to avoid the developmental problems it causes.