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.
Spina bifida is characterized by incomplete closure of certain bones of the spinal column (vertebrae),leaving a portion of the spinal cord exposed. Part of the contents of the spinal canal may protrude through this opening. In the most severe form,rachischisis,the opening is extensive. Spina bifida may cause difficulties with bladder control,walking and/or other functions,depending on the ...
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