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What is spina bifida?


 

Spina Bifida is a gap in the spinal column which allows the nerves that run through the spine to herniate through this space. The nerves end up being splayed out through the skin. The function of these nerves is affected, so a patient with spina bifida may have neurological problems with the nerves running past this gap.

The usual effects are on leg function, bowel and bladder function, and in males on erectile function.