SPINA BIFIDA

A congenital birth defect where the spine doesn't form correctly in utero. Depending on the location and severity of the malformation, those effected may experience symptoms from mild back pain to paralysis.

Synonyms:
Paralysis
Loss of sensation
Hydrocephalus
Learning disabilities
Executive function disorder
Sexual dysfunction

Types:
Occulta
Myelomeningocele
Meningocele

SYSTEMS AFECTED

Muscular system
Muscular system
Nervous system
Nervous system
Skeletal system
Skeletal system
Urinary system
Urinary system

Symptoms

  • Paralysis
  • Loss of sensation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Learning disabilities
  • Executive function disorder
  • Sexual dysfunction

Treatments

  • Frequent checkups with urologist, neurosurgeon, orthopedist
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    Spina bifida is an abnormality of the nervous system that occurs in a baby's development during the first month pregnancy. Most textbooks define spina bifida as a neural tube defect or a gap in the fusing of the neural tube that encloses the spinal c...
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    At 12 weeks pregnant I politely declined to take part in any antenatal screening, confident in my belief that even if something was not quite right that I would continue with the pregnancy anyway (Down Syndrome being top of mind considering that I wa...
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    We found out at our 20 week anomaly scan that amelia-hope has spina bifida hydrocephalus and talipes. It was a very scary time. Amelia was born 20th august 2013 she had he back closure at 3 days old and she had her vp shunt fitted at 10 days old. Tou...
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    17 people with Spina bifida have taken the SF36 survey. Mean of Spina bifida is 1300 points (36 %). Total score ranges from 0 to 3,600 being 0 the worst and 3,600 the best. Take the SF36 Survey

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