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Myelomeningocele (A Severe Form of Spina Bifida)

Myelomeningocele (A Severe Form of Spina Bifida)

Picture of myelomeningocele (a form of spina bifida)

Myelomeningocele is a rare and severe form of spina bifida in which part of the spinal nerves or spinal cord is exposed on the outside of the skin. This type of spina bifida can lead to health problems, physical disability, and learning problems. Treatment usually includes surgery, braces or other corrective devices, physical therapy, and sometimes extra help in school.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Last Revised March 21, 2011

Last Revised: March 21, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics

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