Spina Bifida

By: Sean Reardon

Definition of Spina Bifida

A birth defect in which a developing baby's spinal cord fails to develop properly.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of spina bifida is: Muscle weakness, Bowel and bladder problem, Seizures, Orthopedic problems

Genetics and inheritance

Most cases appear in people with n history of the disorder in their family.

Diagnosis

There are a couple of ways to be diagnosed with spina bifida: Prenatal screenings tests, Postnatal diagnosis include abnormality of the skin or structure of the back

Management/Treatment

There is no cure for spina bifida

Prognosis

They still lead active and productive lives, About 80% have normal intelligence, Around 75% participate in sports, Go to college at the same rate as regular students

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