Meningocele is a rare form of spina bifida that occurs when a baby’s spinal cord does not fully close as it develops. This allows the spinal membrane and part of the spinal cord to grow into the spinal column. The protective membranes around the spinal cord push through the opening in the spinal column. It may leave a fluid-filled sac visible on the back, but the spinal cord remains in the body. Because the spinal cord develops normally, the abnormal growths can be removed by surgery with little or no damage to nerve pathways.
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The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the-art facility for adults and children affected by meningocele. We specialize in minimally invasive surgeries that use advanced technologies to removes abnormal growths in the brain and spine caused by the condition. With endoscopic approaches, the surgeon can remove growths through the nasal cavity, minimizing damage to surrounding tissue and resulting in less scarring and pain. Recovery is quicker, because no incision is made.