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Spina Bifada

Were you looking for information about Spina Bifida? Spina bifada 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. This condition occurs when a fetus's spine fails to close properly during its first month of development. The three most common types of spina bifida are myelomeningocele, meningocele, and spina bifida occulta. Spina bifida is the most common neural tube defect in the United States, affecting 1,500 to 2,000 babies each year.
 
Unfortunately, the condition cannot be cured, but treatment can help manage symptoms and prevent infections. The type of treatment recommended will depend on the type and severity of the spina bifida. Treatment options include surgery, braces, crutches, and wheelchairs.
 
(To learn more about this disorder, click Spina Bifida. This article offers in-depth information on several aspects of this neural tube defect. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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