Spina Bifida By: Alaze Stovall Block 5

What is Spina Bifida- A Congenital defect of the Spine in which part of the Spinal cord and its meninges are exposed through a gap in the backbone.

Causes- The Doctors are not certain what causes the Spina Bifida

Statistics- About 1,500-2,000 babies are born with Spina Bifida each year

Symptoms- Can be seen on the skin above the spinal defect they included abnormal tuft of hair, a birthmark, or protruding spinal cord tissue

Spina Bifida

How is it detected- it is the maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein

When is the birth defect detected- Before Birth

Is there curet for the birth defect- There is no cure for Spina Bifida

Is there treatment for Spina Bifida- No there are not treatment for Spina Bifida

What was the long term effects- The long-term effects of spina bifida will vary based upon type of spina bifida, the severity of the child's symptoms, and the location of the defect in the spinal cord (the higher the defect, the greater the complications) and may include: Chiari II malformation. Hydrocephalus and shunt blockage. Bed sores.


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