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What is spina bifida?

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Spina bifida is a relatively common birth defect in the U.S. The name means "split spine" in Latin.

This condition prevents the backbone that protects your baby’s spine from fully forming during pregnancy. That can lead to physical and mental problems.

About 9 in 10 babies born with spina bifida grow up to be adults, and most are able to lead full lives.

From: What Is Spina Bifida? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Spina Bifida Association: "What is Spina Bifida?"

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: "Spina Bifida Fact Sheet."

Mayo Clinic: "Spina Bifida."

CDC: "Spina Bifida."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Spina Bifida Association: "What is Spina Bifida?"

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: "Spina Bifida Fact Sheet."

Mayo Clinic: "Spina Bifida."

CDC: "Spina Bifida."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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