What Are Types of Spina Bifida?

Q:
What are types of spina bifida?

A:
There are three types of spina bifida: myelomeningocele, meningocele, and spina bifida occulta:

  • Myelomeningocele – This is the most common and serious type of spina bifida. It involves a sack outside the opening in the baby’s back somewhere on the spine. This sack contains parts of the spinal cord and nerves. The spinal cord and nerves in the sack will be damaged.
  • Meningocele – This type of spina bifida also involves a sack of fluid outside an opening in the baby’s back. However, the sack does not contain any part of the spinal cord.
  • Spina bifida occulta – It does not cause any disabilities and may go unnoticed until later in life. There is usually no opening in the baby’s back, but only a gap in the spine. In this type, there is no damage to the spinal cord or the nerves.

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