Alternate Names : Spinal Rachischisis, Spinal Dysraphism
What are the treatments for the condition?
Treatment depends on the severity and location of the defect. Mild forms of the condition may not require treatment. Severe defects may require immediate surgery after birth and intense treatment for the rest of the person's life. Following are other treatment options:
assistive devices, such as a wheelchair, crutches, or braces
medication to treat medical problems
physical therapy and occupational therapy
surgery to cover defects with skin to prevent infection
surgical correction of problems with various organ systems
a ventriculoperitoneal shunt, which is a tube inserted from the brain to the abdomen to drain excess fluid
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Surgery carries a risk of bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to anesthesia.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
The greater the damage, the longer and more intensive the treatment must be. Some people who have spina bifida need treatment for life.
How is the condition monitored?
Parents can help monitor the symptoms. The healthcare provider also uses the physical exam to monitor the condition. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.