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Spina Bifida (cont.)

Spina Bifida Follow-up

People with spina bifida should be seen frequently by the appropriate professionals so that they can be checked for progressing deformities, disabilities, or complications that may require intervention. A specialized “clinic” can assemble the needed professionals, so parents are not spending all of their time taking the child for medical attention.

  • The effectiveness of their physical therapy, including their braces, orthotics, crutches, and wheelchair, should be checked often and changes made if necessary.
  • Development of hydrocephalus or worsening of deformities warrants the attention of the appropriate surgeon.
  • Medical complications such as obesity or urinary tract infection require appropriate treatment. The goal is to prevent secondary chronic complications such as heart disease, diabetes, and kidney problems.
  • The individual’s educational progress should be checked; learning disorders should be addressed with appropriate training.
  • Their emotional and social development also needs to be checked and appropriate treatment or counseling offered if needed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/1/2015
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