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Spina bifida

Spina bifida: Introduction

Spina bifida: A congenital condition which is characterized by the abnormal closure of the vertebral arch. See detailed information below for a list of 30 causes of Spina bifida, Symptom Checker, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Article Excerpts about Spina bifida

Spina bifida (SB) is a neural tube defect (a disorder involving incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord, and/or their protective coverings) caused by the failure of the fetus's spine to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Infants born with SB sometimes have an open lesion on their spine where significant damage to the nerves and spinal cord has occurred. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Spina Bifida Information Page: NINDS)

Spina bifida is a defect of the spinal column that occurs during the first 28 days of pregnancy. It can lead to serious disabilities, such as deformities in the knees or feet, paralysis in the feet and legs, incontinence, learning disabilities, and mental retardation. (Source: excerpt from Folic Acid: NWHIC)

Spina bifida (SB) is a neural tube defect (a disorder involving incomplete... (Source: excerpt from NINDS Spina Bifida Information Page: NINDS)

Spina bifida is a defect of the spinal column that occurs during the first 28 days of pregnancy. It can... (Source: excerpt from Folic Acid: NWHIC)

Definitions of Spina bifida:

Congenital defects of closure of one or more vertebral arches, which may be associated with malformations of the spinal cord, nerve roots, congenital fibrous bands, lipomas, and congenital cysts. These malformations range from mild (e.g., SPINA BIFIDA OCCULTA) to severe, including rachischisis where there is complete failure of neural tube and spinal cord fusion, resulting in exposure of the spinal cord at the surface. Spinal dysraphism includes all forms of spina bifida. The open form is called SPINA BIFIDA CYSTICA and the closed form is SPINA BIFIDA OCCULTA. (From Joynt, Clinical Neurology, 1992, Ch55, p34)
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A not uncommon congenital defect in which a vertebra is malformed; unless several vertebrae are affected or there is myelomeningocele there are few symptoms; can be diagnosed by amniocentesis
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Developmental anomaly characterized by defective closure of the bony encasement of the spinal cord, through which the cord and meninges may protrude.
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Spina bifida is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Spina bifida, or a subtype of Spina bifida, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
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Detailed list of causes of Spina bifida

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How Common are these Causes of Spina bifida?

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  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 3 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 1 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 26 causes have no prevalence information.

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What are the alternative names for Spina bifida:

Spinal dysraphism
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Medical Conditions associated with Spina bifida:

Spine symptoms (821 causes), Back symptoms (1093 causes), Vertebra symptoms (622 causes), Bone symptoms (2907 causes), Skeletal symptoms (4109 causes), Deformity symptoms (1826 causes), Musculoskeletal symptoms (6264 causes), Swelling symptoms (3730 causes)

Symptoms related to Spina bifida:

Birth defects (398 causes), Spinal conditions, Pregnancy complications, Acropectorovertebral dysplasia, Aicardi syndrome, Anophthalmia plus syndrome, Caudal duplication, Chromosome 8 trisomy syndrome, Chromosome 8, Trisomy, Diphallus, Dysraphism, Emanuel syndrome

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