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The key priorities in the treatment of meningocele are to prevent infection from developing through the tissue of the defect on the spine and to protect the exposed structures from additional trauma. Most children with meningocele are treated with surgery (within the first few days of life) to close the defect and to prevent infection or further trauma.
(Click Treatment of Spina Bifida for more information.)

Meningocele Prevention

Recent studies have shown that folic acid may significantly reduce the incidence of spina bifida. Therefore, it is recommended that all women of childbearing age consume 0.4 mg of folic acid daily.
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