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The term Spina Bifida is used for defining a neurological problem that happens in babies because of problems with the neural tube. The problem is usually mild and symptoms include a small dimple on the back along with a birthmark or even a hairy kind of patch. Some kids would notice a numb sensation on their legs and could have fluid build up in the brain followed with bladder issues.
HOW IS SPINA BIFIDA DIAGNOSED?
When in the womb, in order to diagnose this condition the following tests are done:
1. Blood tests
2. Ultrasound scanning
Depending on these test reports a neurosurgeon diagnoses Spina Bifida
HOW IS SPINA BIFIDA TREATED?
Treatment of Spina Bifida depends on the severity of the condition. Meningocele requires surgery to put back the meninges. Myelomeningocele requires surgery after 24 to 48 hrs after birth. Prenatal surgery may be done before the 26th week of pregnancy to repair the spinal cord. Ongoing care is also required in babies who have been operated for Spina Bifida
DID YOU KNOW?
The most common location of Spina Bifida is the lower back.