Spina Bifida | Diagnosis and Treatment

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How is spina bifida diagnosed?

In some cases, spina bifida may be diagnosed before birth with an alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) blood test or through imaging tests such as prenatal ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

When spina bifida is suspected in babies or older children, it may be diagnosed using a spinal ultrasound or MRI.

What are the treatment options for spina bifida?

Treatment for spina bifida varies greatly depending on the type of spina bifida the child has, and his or her specific symptoms. In general, children with more severe types of spina bifida need more treatment than those with less severe types.

Possible treatments a child may need include:

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