It s caused by the incomplete development of the fetus spine during the first month of pregnancy. When the backbone doesn t close the way it should there is sometimes a tuft of hair at the opening.
Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don t form properly.
Undiagnosed spina bifida. The neural tube is the structure in a developing embryo that eventually becomes the baby s brain spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them. Spina bifida is one of the most commonly occurring inborn disorders birth defects in the united states. For people with spina bifida it is especially important to begin planning for transitions in childhood so they are able to lead independent lives as adults.
It s a type of neural tube defect. The term spina bifida means split spine spina bifida is usually apparent at birth. Spina bifida occulta is a malformation of one or more vertebrae bones of the spine.
What is spina bifida. It is a type of neural tube defect ntd. Occulta is the mildest and most common form in which one or more vertebrae are malformed.
In most cases spina bifida occulta causes no problems. Symptoms of myelomeningocele spina bifida include. There are four types of spina bifida.
Spina bifida is a condition that affects the spine and is usually apparent at birth. The name occulta which means hidden indicates that a layer of skin covers the malformation or opening in the vertebrae. This can be undiagnosed until after birth as with some other symptoms because the ultrasound did not show the spine at the correct angle.
Occulta closed neural tube defects meningocele and myelomeningocele. It is sometimes called closed spina bifida. One possible misdiagnosis is the failure to correctly diagnose spina bifida leading to a person remaining with undiagnosed spina bifida.
Look for small clumps of hair along the spine. Open spinal canal over some vertebrae usually in the middle or lower part of the back membranes and spinal cord pushed outside the back in an. Any condition can potentially be missed and stay undiagnosed.
For a general overview of diseases that are often undiagnosed see failure to diagnose or under diagnosed diseases. The general term spina bifida describes several conditions that all arise from a defect in an embryo s developing spine.