Effects of Spina Bifida
Effects of Spina Bifida: Hydrocephalus
Chiari II malformation may also result in a blockage of cerebrospinal fluid, causing a condition called hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid is a clear liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The buildup of cerebrospinal fluid puts damaging pressure on the brain. Hydrocephalus is commonly treated by surgically implanting a shunt (a hollow tube) in the brain to drain the excess fluid into the abdomen.
Effects of Spina Bifida: Meningitis
Some newborns with myelomeningocele may develop meningitis, which is an infection in the meninges. Meningitis may cause brain injury and can be life threatening.
Other Effects of Spina Bifida
Other effects of spina bifida for children with both myelomeningocele and hydrocephalus may include learning disabilities, including:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Problems with language
- Problems with reading comprehension
- Trouble learning math.
Other effects of spina bifida can include: