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. It occurs when part of the spinal cord and surrounding nerves push through the vertebrae in the spine and protrude from the fetus’ back. Myelomeningocele can cause neurologic injury if left undetected and untreated over the course of gestation. Families at Fetal Care Center Dallas have treatment options for diagnosed fetal spina bifida that include repair in utero or soon after birth by our team of maternal-fetal medical specialists.

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