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Spina Bifidia

Were you looking for information about Spina Bifida? Spina bifidia 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. Affecting 1,500 to 2,000 babies each year, it is the most common neural tube defect in the United States.
 
In most cases, a diagnosis is made before birth. However, mild cases may go unnoticed until after birth. The three most common types of this disorder are myelomeningocele, meningocele, and spina bifida occulta. Each type has its own features and possible complications, ranging from no symptoms to having the protective covering of the spinal cord protrude from an opening in the spine.
  
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