Causes of Spina Bifida

Although scientists are not sure why the neural tubes fail to develop or close correctly in some infants, they think that the causes may be genetic, nutritional, environmental or a combination of the three. Maternal nutritional state, exposure to radiation, drugs and chemicals as well as a genetic predisposition may act together to cause neural tube defects. There does appear

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Treatment of Spina Bifida

There is no cure for Spina Bifida. The damaged nerve tissue cannot be repaired or replaced. Nerves do regrow, however the growth is very slow. The aim of treatment is to enable the child to reach the highest degree of function and independence. The type of treatment required depends on the type and severity of the spinal defect. Generally, children

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Conditions Caused by Spina Bifida

Conditions caused by Spina Bifida can range from minor physical problems to severe physical disabilities. The severity of the conditions depend upon the size and location of the defect, whether or not skin covers it, whether or not spinal nerves are exposed, and which spinal nerves are involved. In general, the majority of the nerves located below the defect are

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Quality of Life for Spina Bifida

Thanks to huge strides in medical and surgical interventions over the past 40 years, children who are born with Spina Bifida today lead full, active and productive lives. According to the Spina Bifida Association, approximately 90 percent of infants affected with the defect live well into adulthood. In addition, about 80 percent have normal intelligence. The majority of these children

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The History & Future of Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida has been around since the fall of man. Anthropologists have made a number of discoveries revealing spines with defects representative of myelomeningoceles. Because these individuals were born when little or no medical treatment was available, one would assume that most of these children died. However, there are a large number of artifacts from early civilizations that suggest otherwise.

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Ohio Girl with Spina Bifida Makes Gains

Family raising money to make second trip to China for more therapy Zanesville Times Recorder Roseville, OH —Watching her daughter taking her own steps is a blessing for Jessica McCulloch. “Ava can walk 300 feet with braces in high-tops,” McCulloch said. “She uses her wheelchair when necessary, but we don’t push her in it as much. We want her to

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Finding strength to support yourself

Cold-hearted. Negative. No hope offered. This is how Tarra Parks would describe her experience with medical professionals during the toughest moments of her daughter’s struggle. The lack of support was evident from the moment her daughter, Elaina, was diagnosed with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and Arnold Chiari II. “I didn’t even know much about spina bifida, I only knew it wasn’t

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