Spina Bifida Occulta
The exact cause of spina bifida occulta is not known. However, research scientists suspect that the cause of this disorder could be genetic, or that nutritional and environmental factors could also play a role.
(Click Causes of Spina Bifida for more information.)
People with spina bifida occulta usually have no outward symptoms. However, in some cases, an abnormal tuft, a clump of hair, a small dimple, or a birthmark may appear on the skin at the site of the spinal malformation.
(Click Symptoms of Spina Bifida to learn more.)
Diagnosing Spina Bifida Occulta
Spina bifida occulta is usually diagnosed when it is seen by an x-ray during a routine examination. However, some cases may never be detected.
(Click Spina Bifida Diagnosis for more information.)
Treatment for Spina Bifida Occulta
In most cases, people with spina bifida occulta do not need treatment (see Treatment of Spina Bifida for more information).