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Spina Bifida

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Synonyms of Spina Bifida

  • Neural Tube Defect
  • SB

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Spina Bifida Cystica
  • Spina Bifida Occulta

General Discussion

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 severity of associated symptoms.

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