Neonatal and Congenital Brain and Spine Abnormalities

Congenital abnormalities are defects present at birth that affect the brain or spinal cord. These abnormalities have a variety of causes, ranging from genetic malformations to pregnancy or birth complications to viral infections. Some of the more common congenital abnormalities include:

  • Neural tube defects like spina bifida or encephaloceles
  • Chiari malformation
  • Tethered spinal cord
  • Fetal tumors
  • Arachnoid cysts

If your child has been born with a congenital brain or spinal cord abnormality, you may be referred to a pediatric neurologist or neurosurgeon for consultation. If you are referred to Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, our pediatric neurology and neurosurgery teams will work together to evaluate your child’s condition and determine the best way to treat it.

Congenital brain and spinal cord abnormalities are variable- from mild to severe. Some may be correctable with surgery. If surgery is needed, our skilled neurosurgeons will use the latest approaches to correct the physical malformation and maximize functionality so we can prevent the development of neurological deficits. 

Jesse Winer, MD

Jesse Winer, MD

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Title(s): Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5878
Fax #: 617-636-7587

Pediatric neurosurgery

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