Primary Investigator: Timothy Crombleholme, M.D.
Myelomeningocele (MMC), a common form of spina bifida, occurs when a section of the neural tube that runs along the spine fails to close, leaving the spinal cord exposed. The consequences are severe: contact with amniotic fluid causes nerve damage, loss
of sensation, sometimes paralysis.
Twenty years ago, about 80 percent of babies born with MMC needed a cerebral shunt to aid drainage. However, now fetal surgeons at Children's Hospital Colorado have become the first in the world to use 3D printing to prefabricate MMC patches in advance of surgery, based on 3D computer models assembled from fetal MRI.
Learn more about how 3D printing
helps treat severe cases of spina bifida.