Spina bifida is a condition that affects the spine and is usually apparent at birth. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). Spina bifida can happen anywhere along the spine if the neural tube does not close all the way. The backbone that protects the spinal cord does not form and close as it should. This often results in damage to the spinal cord and nerves. Spina bifida might cause physical and intellectual disabilities that range from mild to severe.
HOW IS SPINA BIFIDA DIAGNOSED?
A Neurosurgeon diagnoses Spina Bifida by first performing maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein test, ultrasound and other blood tests to determine the cause of Spina Bifida.
HOW IS SPINA BIFIDA TREATED?
Treatment for Spina Bifida is carried out via neurosurgery. This happens if the disease is a bit extreme and problem-causing. If the symptoms are not very problematic then physical therapists and occupational therapists are consulted to guide on the same along with following healthy diets. Braces may be needed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Children with numbness might not realise cuts or injuries in the legs.