Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a congenital birth defect in which an area of the spinal column forms improperly, leaving a section of the spinal cord and spinal nerves exposed. Myelomeningocele is the most common and most serious form of spina bifida

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What Is Spina Bifida?

Spina bifida is a congenital birth defect that happens within the first few weeks of pregnancy as the tissue that will become the baby’s brain and spinal cord is developing. This tissue is called the neural tube. Spina bifida happens when the neural tube fails to develop or close properly, leaving the spinal cord and… Read more »

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Kicking the Spina Bifida Odds

Meet Uriah: The first baby in North Texas to undergo surgery before he was born. A quick online search of spina bifida — one of the most common birth defects affecting 1,500 to 2,000 American babies a year — generates phrases such as “not curable” and “damage to the spinal cord and nerves can’t be… Read more »

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