Miami Valley Spina Bifida Organization

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What is Spina Bifida?

Spina Bifida is the failure of the spine to close properly during the first month of pregnancy, resulting in varying degrees of paralysis, loss of sensation in the lower limbs, difficulty with bowel and bladder management, hydrocephalus, latex allergies, and learning disabilities. The challenges brought about by Spina Bifida continue throughout life.

The exact cause of Spina Bifida is not known with certainty. However, scientists believe that genetic and environmental factors may act together to cause Spina Bifida.