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Spina bifida occulta

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* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
  • Closed spina bifida
  • Occult spina bifida
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Overview


Spina bifida occulta (SBO) occurs when the bones of the spinal column do not completely close around the developing nerves of the spinal cord. In most cases SBO causes no symptoms, however cases associated with back and urogenital problems have been reported.[1] SBO has an estimated prevalence of 12.4%.[2]
Last updated: 9/27/2013

References

  1. Eubanks JD, Cheruvu VK. Prevalence of sacral spina bifida occulta and its relationship to age, sex, race, and the sacral table angle: an anatomic, osteologic study of three thousand one hundred specimens. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Jul 1;34(15):1539-43; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19564762. Accessed 9/27/2013.
  2. Fletcher JM, Brei TJ. Introduction: Spina bifida--a multidisciplinary perspective. Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2010;16(1):1-5; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3046545/. Accessed 9/27/2013.
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