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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