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Serving Abilene, Eastland, Sweetwater and Snyder

Hendrick Medical Supply provides durable medical equipment, oxygen and respiratory equipment and supplies to patients of all ages and needs.

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Health Issues

Spina Bifida Symptoms and Types

Causes

The cause of spina bifida is unknown. However, folic acid deficiency is thought to play a part in neural tube defects. It is recommended that any woman considering becoming pregnant take 0.4 mg of folic acid a day. Pregnant women need 1 mg per day.

Also, if a child is born with spina bifida, subsequent children in that family have a higher risk than the general population.

Some theorize that a virus make play a role, since there is a higher rate of this condition in children born in the early winter months. Research also indicates possible environmental factors such as radiation.

 

Symptoms of Spina Bifida

A newborn may have a sac sticking out of the mid to lower back. The doctor cannot see through the sac when shining a light behind it. Symptoms include:

  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Partial or complete lack of sensation
  • Partial or complete paralysis of the legs
  • Weakness of the hips, legs, or feet of a newborn

The exposed spinal cord is susceptible to infection. Other symptoms may include:

  • Hair at the back part of the pelvis called the sacral area
  • Dimpling of the sacral area