A congenital defect of the spine in which part of the spinal cord and its meninges are exposed through a gap in the backbone. It often causes paralysis of the lower limbs, and sometimes mental handicap.
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- This is a very important charity which treats children with serious illnesses such as cancer, leukaemia, spina bifida and cystic fibrosis.
- Ultrasound can be used to diagnose certain congenital defects such as spina bifida.
- Often called open spine, spina bifida affects the backbone and, sometimes, the spinal cord.
Definition of spina bifida in:
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