Spina Bifida Symptoms and Treatment

Spina Bifida is a variety of spinal deformities that occur when the bones of the spine don’t fuse during fetal development. Damage can be mild to severe and can also affect the brain, nerve and nerve coverings.

Symptoms: Babies can have enlarged heads, some paralysis affecting bladder and bowel functions, clubfoot or dislocated hips.

Treatment: Antibiotics and surgery to prevent brain and spinal infections, shunt for hydroencephalus, cast for clubfoot and close monitoring of infant. Surgical correction may also be required.

For mor information on Hoag's treatment options for Spina bifida see our Spine Treatment Options page.