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Spina Bifida

Definition

Spina bifida is a type of neural tube defect. The neural tube is a structure formed in the embryo that later develops into the baby's brain and spinal cord. In spina bifida, part of the neural tube does not develop or close properly. This leads to defects in the spine and spinal cord. Spina bifida ranges from mild to severe, depending on where the defect is, and how big it is.

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