Introduction: Spina bifida


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Spina bifida: Birth defect of the brain and spinal cord.

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. 1

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1. excerpt from NINDS Spina Bifida Information Page: NINDS

Last revision: June 17, 2003

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