Spina bifida happens when the brain, spinal cord or the membranes that cover them (meninges) don’t fully develop the way they should. Nearly 1,500 babies are born with spina bifida each year.
Types of Spina Bifida
Spina bifida can be found before birth with a blood test or after birth through imaging tests such a spinal ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The multidisciplinary Norton Children’s Spina Bifida Clinic meets monthly at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital to cover all of your child’s needs. The clinic is staffed by care providers specializing in neurosurgery, urology, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy and orthotics.
Treatment depends on the type of spina bifida and symptoms. Children with more symptoms and a more serious type of spina bifida will need more care than children with milder forms of the condition.
Treatments may include:
Children can have a wide variety of outcomes based on the type of spina bifida they have. There could be little to no effect on a child’s life. Some children with more complex symptoms may need lifelong care for spina bifida.