Saturday, August 24, 2013
begins at 8:00 am
3700 Monterey Drive
Louis Park, MN 55416
Click here to register online
Minnesota Spina Bifida Association is a
dedicated group of families, individuals, professionals, and volunteers affected
by Spina Bifida. MNSBA is here to provide support and education to all who seek
it while helping individuals and families in need. Join us in our efforts to
make a difference in the Spina Bifida community.
What is Spina Bifida?
Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect that occurs in the
first month of pregnancy when the spinal column doesn't close completely. It is
the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, with an
estimated 166,000 people currently living with Spina Bifida.
There are three types of Spina Bifida - Occulta,
Meningocele, and Myelomeningocele.
Often called hidden Spina Bifida, the spinal cord and the
nerves are usually normal and there is no opening on the back. Instead, there is
a small defect or gap in a few of the small bones (vertebrae) that make up the
There may be no motor or sensory impairments evident at birth.
Subtle, progressive neurologic deterioration often becomes evident in later
childhood or adulthood.
In many instances, Spina Bifida Occulta is so mild that there
is no disturbance of spinal function at all. Occulta can be diagnosed at any
The protective coatings (meninges) come through the open part
of the spine like a sac that is pushed out. Cerebrospinal fluid is in the sac
and there is usually no nerve damage. Individuals may suffer minor disabilities.
Additional problems can develop later in life.
This form of Spina Bifida occurs when the meninges (protective
covering of the spinal cord) and spinal nerves come through the open part of the
spine. This is the most serious type of Spina Bifida, which causes nerve damage
and more severe disabilities.