Myelomeningocele

Meningomyelocele; Spina bifida; Cleft spine; Neural tube defect (NTD); Birth defect - myelomeningocele

Myelomeningocele is a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth.

The condition is a type of spina bifida.

Spina bifida

Spina bifida is a congenital disorder (birth defect) in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. In severe cases, this can result in the spinal cord and its covering membranes protruding out of an affected infant's back. Spinia bifida may also be nearly inconsequential, or may be reparable through surgery.

Spina bifida (degrees of severity)

Spina bifida is a congenital disorder (birth defect) in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. In severe cases, this can result in the spinal cord and its covering membranes protruding out of an affected infant's back. Spina bifida may also be nearly inconsequential, or may be repairable through surgery.

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