Spina bifida is a type of neural tube defect that occurs when the spinal bones fail to close properly during early formation and is the most commonly occurring complex congenital birth defect. It is essential for pediatricians to be knowledgeable about the impact of spina bifida on all the body systems, as well as the medical issues and psychosocial factors associated with spina bifida. Although spina bifida has no cure, early identification and intervention may help individuals with spina bifida get the services they need to lead full lives.
Policy Statements and Clinical Reports
Tools and Resources for Pediatricians
Tools and Resources for Patients and Families
This healthychildren.org resource includes helpful information and resources for patients and families.
Spina Bifida Association (SBA)
The SBA is committed to helping people with spina bifida live longer, healthier lives. Find a chapter near you