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Spina Bifina

Were you looking for information about Spina Bifida? Spina bifina is a common misspelling of spina bifida.
 
Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that occurs when a fetus's spine fails to close properly during its first month of development. It is characterized by the incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord, and/or their protective coverings. The condition is the most common neural tube defect in the United States, affecting 1,500 to 2,000 babies each year.
 
The exact cause of the disease is still unknown. However, researchers suspect that there may be a genetic component; environmental and nutritional factors may also play a role. Symptoms will vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the disorder.
 
People with the mildest form of the disease may not have any outward symptoms. In severe cases, a baby may be born with an open lesion on the spine where significant nerve damage has occurred. Other symptoms include learning disabilities, mobility difficulties, and improperly formed vertebrae.
  
(Click Spina Bifida to read the full eMedTV article on spina bifida. Topics covered in this article include the development of the defect, the different types of spina bifida, and the treatment options that can help manage complications of the disorder. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.) 
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