Spina Bifida - Prognosis

The outlook for children with spina bifida varies widely depending on the severity of the condition. Improved surgical procedures have saved the lives of many children. In many cases patients can live relatively normal, well-adjusted lives.

On the other hand, the prognosis is not very promising for children with severe forms of spina bifida. The children most at risk are those who are completely paralyzed, have serious infections of the spinal cord, or have hydrocephalus or other birth defects.

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