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  • 1. Spina Bifida Syndrome Rogelio Brito 2 period Mr.Holley Human interactions April 8 2011
  • 2. What is Spina bifida ?
    • Spina bifida is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord.
    • Source from: http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/spina_bifida.html
  • 3. How is Spina bifida cared for ?
    • There is no cure for Spina bifida. The nerve tissue that is damaged or lost cannot be repaired or replaced, function be restored to the damaged nerves.
    http:// www.medicinenet.com/spina_bifida_and_anencephaly/page4.htm
  • 4. Symptoms
    • abnormal appearance of the baby's back, varying from a small, hairy patch or a dimple or birthmark, to a sac-like protrusion that is found along the back bone area.
    • bowel and bladder problems (i.e., constipation, incontinence )
    • loss of feeling below the area of the lesion, especially in babies born with a meningocele or myelomeningocele
    • inability to move the lower legs
    www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1062/mainpageS1062P0.html
  • 5. Life long effects
    • Spina bifida is a life-long condition that is not curable. Management often focuses on preventing or minimizing deformities and maximizing the child's capabilities at home and in the community. Positive reinforcement will encourage the child to strengthen his/her self-esteem and promote as much independence as possible.
    • It is also very easy to break there bones because its spine was not developed properly. Skin could also be very sensitive.
    http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1062/mainpageS1062P0.html
  • 6. Treatment and therapy needed
    • There is not much to be done because the tissue is already damaged.
    • For the most severe form of spina bifida, initial treatment includes surgery on the exposed nerves and tissues. Some babies who have meningocele will also need surgery. Surgery is done to prevent spinal cord infection and protect the exposed nerve tissues from injury. It is usually performed within a few days after birth.
    http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/tc/spina-bifida-treatment-overview
  • 7. Works cited
    • Source from: http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/spina_bifida.html
    • www.medicinenet.com/spina_bifida_and_anencephaly/page4.htm
    • www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1062/mainpageS1062P0.html
    • http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1062/mainpageS1062P0.html
    • http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/tc/spina-bifida-treatment-overview