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Open neural tube defects and COVID-19: Correspondence

1 Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Dr DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission26-Nov-2021
Date of Acceptance26-Nov-2021
Date of Web Publication30-Jan-2023

Correspondence Address:
Pathum Sookaromdee,
Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpn.JPN_213_21


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Sookaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. Open neural tube defects and COVID-19: Correspondence. J Pediatr Neurosci [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2023 Dec 5]. Available from: https://www.pediatricneurosciences.com/preprintarticle.asp?id=368810

Dear Editor,

We would like to share ideas on “Open neural tube defects in COVID-19 pandemic: An analysis of 26 neonatal patients in a tertiary care cente.”[1] Muzumdar et al.[1] concluded that “There was a definite upsurge of open neural tube defects seen as a collateral sequel of COVID-19 pandemic following the lockdown period. A comprehensive collaborative effort ….. counseling is crucial and needed attention on priority...” We agree that epidemiological pattern of open neural tube defects might change due to COVID-19 pandemic. Correction of anatomical problem might be difficult and limited performed during outbreak crisis due to the lockdown policy for controlling of pandemic disease.[2] This problem might occur worldwide. Regarding fetal ultrasound screening, detection of case might be decreased during COVID-19 pandemic but it might not impact the situation if the abortion is not allowed in that setting. Finally, an interesting research question is whether COVID-19 can induce neural tube defects or not. According to the available evidence, there is still no report on association. However, a child with a neural tube defect as a birth defect still occurs during COVID-19. If there is an actual increased ration of a case with a birth defect to total birth, further studies on association are very interesting.

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Muzumdar D, Hawaldar A, Bhambhere S, Singh M, Lunawat A, Nanavati R. Open neural tube defects in COVID-19 pandemic: an analysis of 26 neonatal patients in a tertiary care center. J Pediatr Neurosci 2021;16:5-10.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Meybodi KT, Habibi Z, Nejat F. The effects of COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric neurosurgery practice and training in a developing country. Childs Nerv Syst 2021;37:1313-7.  Back to cited text no. 2


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