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The signs and symptoms of spina bifida vary widely, depending on the type and its severity. In cases of severe spina bifida (myelomeningocele) symptoms and associated health problems typically include:
Hydrocephalus: Spinal fluid build up in and around the brain
Impaired cognitive development: Including learning disabilities
Chiari II malformation: Vocal cord weakness, difficulty swallowing, leg weakness and spinal deformities caused by portions of the brain that are pushed downward into the upper part of the spine.
Paralysis: Loss of function of the lower spine, or loss of movement in the legs and feet
Orthopedic (bone) problems: Over time, children may develop scoliosis, kyphosis, hip dislocation, joint deformities, clubfoot or weak bones.
Nervous system problems: Including weakness in the legs or feet, back pain, leg pain
Bladder/bowel problems: Including impaired control
Tethered cord: Spinal abnormalities caused when a child’s spinal cord is abnormally attached to the tissues around the spine.
Urinary tract infections and/or kidney damage
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