Can spina bifida occulta be cured?
Treating spina bifida occulta There is no cure for SBO. Most people never receive treatment because they never have symptoms or even know they have the condition. When symptoms do arise, they are generally treated individually. For example, pain can be managed with medications or physical therapy.
What is the best treatment for spina bifida?
Spina bifida treatment. The two main spina bifida treatment options are fetal surgery during pregnancy or surgery on the baby right after birth.
What does spina bifida occulta mean?
Spina bifida occulta is the mildest type of spina bifida. It is sometimes called “hidden” spina bifida. With it, there is a small gap in the spine, but no opening or sac on the back. The spinal cord and the nerves usually are normal. Many times, spina bifida occulta is not discovered until late childhood or adulthood.
Is spina bifida occulta life threatening?
Spina bifida occulta is when a baby’s backbone (spine) does not fully form during pregnancy. The baby is born with a small gap in the bones of the spine. The condition is common and happens in about 1 out of 10 people. Usually, it causes no health problems.
Can you live a normal life with spina bifida?
Because of today’s medicine, about 90% of babies born with Spina Bifida now live to be adults, about 80% have normal intelligence and about 75% play sports and do other fun activities.”
What happens if spina bifida is not treated?
Between 70% and 90% of infants born with myelomeningocele also experience hydrocephalus due to a defect at the base of the skull (Chiari malformation). Hydrocephalus is an excess buildup of spinal fluid on the brain that will cause brain damage, seizures or blindness if it is left untreated.
Can u walk with spina bifida?
Mobility and Physical Activity People affected by spina bifida get around in different ways. These include walking without any aids or assistance; walking with braces, crutches or walkers; and using wheelchairs. People with spina bifida higher on the spine (near the head) might have paralyzed legs and use wheelchairs.
Does spina bifida qualify for disability?
If your family has limited income and resources, your child with spina bifida will likely qualify for SSI disability benefits. Spina bifida is a disease that affects children and can be very disabling. If your child has spina bifida, he or she may qualify for SSI disability benefits by applying through Social Security.