In this form of spina bifida there is only a small defect or gap in the small bones vertebrae that make up the spine which occurs in about 12 of the population. Some babies may start exercises to prepare their legs for walking with braces or crutches when they re older.
Occulta is often called hidden spina bifida as the spinal cord and the nerves are usually normal and there is no opening on the back.
Spina bifida occulta treatment options. While spina bifida occulta usually requires no treatment the more severe types of spina bifida usually require surgery to close the opening in the back to preserve spinal cord function and to reduce the risk of infection. When symptoms do occur they are treated individually. Treatment after birth may include ongoing surgery medications and physical and behavioral therapy depending on the type and severity of the defect your child s age and overall health as well as personal preferences.
Walking and mobility aids. Additional surgeries often are required. Depending on the severity of spina bifida and the complications treatment options may include.
Children with the mildest form of the disease spina bifida occulta usually don t need treatment. There is no cure for spina bifida occulta but treatment is unnecessary for most people as they have no symptoms.