Spina Bifida a birth defect that occurs within the first month of the fetus formation process. It involves the incomplete formation of the spinal column or backbone, in which the spinal cord is not fused within the vertebrae and thus protrudes outward. The most common type of spina bifida is myelomengocele, which entails the formation of a sac in the lower back filled with cerebral spinal fluid.
Pictures of Spina Bifida
Pictures of spina bifida in the form of ultrasound imaging will typically be used to diagnose that the deformation is evident. Though nothing can be done to prevent its formation, it has been suggested that folic acid levels may be correlated to its occurrence. Folic acid is known to be an important factor in the proper formation of the spinal cord and brain, and low levels of folic acid have been typically found in women giving birth to children with spina bifida.
Spina Bifida Surgery
The most commonly used treatment for spina bifida involves a surgical procedure. Though it most likely will not completely restore the proper function of that affected area of the spinal cord, it does provide in closing the opening which causes the fluid-filled sac that is commonly associated with the deformity.