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Dr. Ozgur Dede presents on Spina Bifida and discusses the spectrum of anomalies, treatments, prevention, and assessments.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Improve diagnostic skills for spina bifida and this will likely result in better care of patients with spina bifida in the future. 
  • Improve their skills for management of lower extremity and spine deformity in patients with spina bifida.
  • Improve their knowledge on the development of the spine and spinal cord, which is important during the pathogenesis of spina bifida.

Reading Resources:

  1. Embryology of mye\omeningoce\e and .anencephaly. Dias MS, Partington M. Neurosurg Focus. 2004 Feb l5jl6(2):E1.
  2. Review.
  3. Orthopaedic management of high-level spina bifida. Early walking compared with early use of a wheelchair. Mazur JM, Shurtleff D, Menelaus M, Colliver J. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1989 Jan;71(1):56-61.PMIO: 2643608
  4. Orthopedic management of spina bifida. Part 1: hip, knee, and rotational deformities. Swaroop VT, Dias L. J Child Orthop. 2009 Dec;3{6):441-9. doi: 10.1007/s11832-009-0214-5. Epub 2009 Oct 25. PMID: 19856195
  5. Orthopaedic management of splna bifida-part !I: foot and ankle deformities. Swaroop VT, Dias L. J Child Orthop. 2011 Dec;5(6):403-14. doi: 10.1007/s11832-011-0368-9. Epub 2011 Sep 20. PMlD: 23205142


Dr. Dede has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 2/3/16 | Last Modified On:  2/3/16  | Expires:  2/3/17 

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