Were you looking for information about Spina Bifida? Spina bafida is a common misspelling of spina bifida.
Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that is characterized by the incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord, and/or their protective coverings. It is the most common neural tube defect in the United States, affecting 1,500 to 2,000 babies each year.
This condition occurs when a fetus's spine fails to close properly during its first month of development. However, the precise reason that this occurs is still not known. Symptoms will vary, depending on the type and severity of the condition. With the mildest form of the condition, there are no outward symptoms; in severe cases, an infant may be born with an open lesion on the spine.
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