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Research Brief: Children with Spina Bifida

National Children's Bureau Information Service

Spina Bifida is a congenital abnormality in which the arches of one or more of the spinal vertebrae have failed to fuse together so that the spine is 'bifid' or split in two. The severity of the handicap varies with the site, extent and type of spinal defect, but may include paralysis and deformities of the lower limbs, skin insensitivity, bowel and urinary incontinence and kidney infections.

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