Find out all about spina bifida, the term for a group of birth defects which interfere with the development of the central nervous system, and learn about hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is too much fluid around the brain.
Arnold Chiari malformation The Arnold Chiari malformation involves the brainstem and occurs in almost all children who have spina bifida.
Spina bifida occulta Most people will not even be aware that they have spina bifida occulta unless it shows up on an X-ray which they have for some unrelated reason. It is usually just a small part of one vertebra low in the back which is missing.
Spina bifida: a neural tube defect Spina bifida is a Latin term meaning split spine. It is the name given to a group of birth defects which interfere with the development of the central nervous system: the brain, the spinal cord and the nerve tissues.
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