Spina Bifida

Chandler Wildeman

Description

  • Occurs when bones of the spine don't form properly around the baby's spinal cord
  • Mild Form (more common):
  • Can't see the defect and does not cause a problem or need treatment
  • Most people don't know they have it, until they get an X-ray for another reason
  • Severe Form (less common, 2 types) :
  • Meningocele- Fluid leaks out spine, pushes against skin and may see bulge in skin
  • Most cases- no symptoms
  • Myelomeningocele- Part of the spinal nerves push out of the spinal cord
  • Nerves often damaged, can cause problems walking, bladder/ bowel control, and coordination

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