Spina bifida, also known as myelomeningocele, is a congenital defect that affects the development of an infant’s back bones, spinal cord, surrounding nerves and the fluid-filled sac that surrounds the spinal cord. This neurological condition can cause a portion of the spinal cord and the surrounding structures to develop outside the body. The condition occurs in approximately two out of every 1,000 children born.
The defect originates during the first month of pregnancy. The area involved can be anywhere along the spine but usually occurs at the bottom of the spine. Learn more about spina bifida and a related condition, tethered cord.
Led by Robin Bowman, MD, and David McLone, MD, PhD, the Spina Bifida Center at Lurie Children's provides compassionate, comprehensive care to children and young adults with spina bifida and related conditions.
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