Spina Bifida is when the spine of the baby fails to close, creating an opening or a lesion on the spinal column. The result is paralysis, and possible nerve damage. Surgery is typically done to close the spine immediately after birth, which reduces further damage. Nerve damage can include many secondary symptoms such as bowel and urinary incontinence. The three types of Spina Bifida are Occulta, Meningocele, and Myelomeningocele. Over 166,000 Americans live with Spina Bifida.
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Trish has worked for 180 Medical for almost three years as the Nebraska Office Coordinator. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and daughters.