Spina Bifida Directory
Spina bifida is a birth defect that affects the spine. When vertebrae do not completely form around the spinal cord, it causes spina bifida. Some people have no symptoms; others have difficulty with simple tasks. Most people have the type that has no symptoms. The causes of spina bifida are not known, but genetics may play a role. An amniocentesis test can detect spina bifida. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about howspina bifida is caused, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
What Is Spina Bifida?
There are several types of this birth defect that affects an infant’s spine. Find out more about them as well as the symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Folic Acid for Good Health
Folic acid (folate) is a type of B vitamin that's key for cell growth, metabolism, and for pregnant women. WebMD tells you how to get enough folate in your diet and recommended dosages for children and adults.
Arnold Chiari Malformation: Symptoms, Types, and Treatment
WebMD explains the symptoms and treatment of Chiari malformation, a type of birth defect that can cause problems with balance and coordination.
Folic Acid Benefits in Pregnancy
WebMD explains the benefits of taking folic acid before, during, and after pregnancy.