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How is spina bifida treated?

In the mildest cases of spina bifida, no treatment is required. For more severe cases, surgery to reinsert or cover the protruding meninges and spinal cord can be performed. In some cases, a shunt (hollow tube) may also be required to drain excess fluid from the brain. Later in life, depending on the severity of the condition, surgical procedures may be required on the legs and feet to help increase mobility. Bladder surgery, the use of incontinence pads or a catheter may be required to manage urinary incontinence.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 07 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Fetal alcohol syndrome

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