spina bifida

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spina bifida

a congenital condition in which the meninges of the spinal cord protrude through a gap in the backbone, sometimes causing enlargement of the skull (due to accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid) and paralysis

spina bifida

[¦spī·nə ′bī·fəd·ə]
(medicine)
A congenital anomaly characterized by defective closure of the vertebral canal with herniation of the spinal cord meninges.
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He received treatment from a urologist for his incontinence problem, a complication of spinal bifida, and a neurologist to stimulate nerve endings in his foot.
Can you tell me if babies are still being born with spinal bifida birth defects?
A local newspaper reporter has described a child as being afflicted with spinal bifida.
she as named Humanitarian of the Year by the National Spinal Bifida Association.
About 85% of children with spinal bifida develop hydrocephalus, an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain.