Worldwide, spina bifida is one of the most common of all birth defects, affecting nearly 1 in 1000 newborns. Most cases are asymptomatic, but cosmetic deficiencies involving the skin on the back are fairly common, and severe manifestations of the disease can dramatically impact a patient’s quality of life.
Spina bifida is generally categorized into three types:
Symptoms can vary according to the type of spina bifida.
Spina Bifida Occulta Symptoms–Many patients with spina bifida occulta may not show any symptoms nor need any treatment. These symptoms may or may not be present:
Myelomeningocele Symptoms–Nerves or spinal tissue protrudes from the back, and nerve damage can affect extremities:
Other conditions associated with spina bifida include hydrocephalus, myelopathy (disease of the spinal cord), syringomyelia, Chiari malformations, tethered spinal cord (spinal cord malformation when the cord attaches itself to the spinal column), latex allergies and paralysis. Some patients may have learning difficulties.
The Three Stages of Spina Bifida Treatment
Your neurosurgeon can work with you to develop a customized treatment plan based on your or your child’s personal symptoms and progression.
If you are pregnant or have recently delivered and are in need of a spina bifida diagnosis or confirmation, contact NSPC and speak with our team of Spinal Specialists on Long Island today.
At NSPC in NY, our team of world-class Neurosurgeons and Spinal Specialists will explain spina bifida to you in detail, and then discuss either screening or treatment plans depending on your needs.
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