Spina Bifida is the most common type of developmental defect that causes disabilities and is a health condition that is present at birth. Spina Bifida is a Latin term that literally means “split or open spine”.
Children born with Spina Bifida have a serious birth abnormality in which there is an incomplete fusion of the vertebral arches in the lumbar region, meaning the skin covering the spinal cord does not close completely.
Spina Bifida can affect the way your child’s brain, spine, spinal cord and meninges form in the womb and function after birth.
Children with Spina Bifida often need to perform intermittent catheterization or take other medical steps to help empty their bladder.
In the US, the Spina Bifida Association offers a variety of family-centered programs through their nationwide network of chapters and support groups.
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