Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. Spina bifida means “cleft spine,” or an incomplete closure in the spinal column.

Spina Bifida Info (Mayo Clinic)

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Muscle weakness or paralysis below the cleft area
  • Loss of sensation below the cleft area
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control
  • Secondary conditions
    • Orthopedic problems
    • Latex allergy
    • Tendinitis
    • Obesity
    • Skin breakdown
    • Gastrointestinal disorders
    • Learning disabilities
    • Depression
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Seizures