Spina Bifida Topic Guide

Spina Bifida Spina Bifida: Spina bifida is a birth defect characterized by a split of the spinal column, sometimes causing serious neurological problems, such as spina bifida cystica (myelomeningocele). The most common form, spina bifida occulta, doesn't usually cause symptoms and is usually only found during an X-ray or MRI for another problem. A variety of monitoring, therapies, and surgeries are used to treat spina bifida. Adequate folic acid taken by the mother during pregnancy is a know way to try to prevent the disorder.

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