What Are Signs of Spina Bifida?

Q:
What are signs of spina bifida?

A:
Signs of spina bifida vary by type and severity, symptoms can also differ for each person:

  • Spina bifida occulta. Because the spinal nerves usually aren’t involved, typically there are no signs or symptoms. But visible indications can sometimes be seen on the newborn’s skin above the spinal defect, including an abnormal tuft of hair, or a small dimple or birthmark.
  • Meningocele. The membranes around the spinal cord push out through an opening in the vertebrae, forming a sac filled with fluid, but this sac doesn’t include the spinal cord.
  • Myelomeningocele. The spinal canal remains open along several vertebrae in the lower or middle back. Both the membranes and the spinal cord or nerves protrude at birth, forming a sac. Tissues and nerves usually are exposed, though sometimes skin covers the sac.

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