What Are Spina Bifida Complications in Adults?

Q:
What are spina bifida complications in adults?

A:
This list of possible complications may seem overwhelming, but not all adults with spina bifida get all these complications. And these conditions can be treated:

  • Accumulation of fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus). Babies born with myelomeningocele commonly experience accumulation of fluid in the brain, a condition known as hydrocephalus.
  • Bowel and bladder problems. Nerves that supply the bladder and bowels usually don’t work properly when people have myelomeningocele.
  • Walking and mobility problems. The nerves that control the leg muscles don’t work properly below the area of the spina bifida defect, causing muscle weakness of the legs, sometimes involving paralysis.
  • Sleep-disordered breathing. Adults with spina bifida, particularly myelomeningocele, may have sleep apnea or other sleep disorders.
  • Shunt malfunction. Shunts can stop working or become infected.
  • Tethered spinal cord. Tethered spinal cord results when the spinal nerves become bound to the scar where the defect was closed surgically, making the spinal cord less able to grow.

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