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Spina bifida is part of a group of birth defects called neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that eventually develops into the baby's brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them. The symptoms include:
• An abnormal tuft of hair
• A collection of fat
• A small dimple or birthmark
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?
The treatment of Spina Bifida depends upon the severity of the condition and besides medication, Spina Bifida requires surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Women who already have a child with spina bifida, who have spina bifida themselves, or who have already had a pregnancy affected by any neural tube defect are at greater risk of having another child with spina bifida or another neural tube defect, 5-10 times the risk to the general population. These women may benefit from taking a higher daily dose of folic acid before they consider becoming pregnant.