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?
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?
There is no cure for spina bifida. The nerve tissue that is damaged cannot be repaired, nor can function be restored to the damaged nerves. Treatment depends on the type and severity of the disorder. Generally, children with the mildest form need no treatment, although some may require surgery as they grow. The key early priorities for treating myelomeningocele are to prevent infection from developing in the exposed nerves and tissue through the spinal defect, and to protect the exposed nerves and structures from additional trauma.
DID YOU KNOW?
The most common location of Spina Bifida is the lower back.