Spina bifida is a condition that forms in the womb as the baby grows. There are several types of the condition but the term spina bifida is generally used to refer to one particular type. This is known as myelomeningocele. This is when the spinal column does not close fully as it should. Since this protects the delicate nerves that run all the way down the spine it is obvious that it can be a dangerous condition.
This means that the sooner the condition is discovered and properly diagnosed the better the outlook will be. Surgery can be undertaken to close the birth defect when it is discovered. This is done as quickly as possible to further narrow the chances of any damage being done during the early stages of a baby’s life.
There is another type of spina bifida that is not as serious. This is called spina bifida occulta. This involves a much smaller opening in the spine and as such it can go completely undiscovered. The person with the condition may not be aware they have any issues at all, which is unlike the case mentioned above, where the condition is more serious.
What could a failure to diagnose spina bifida mean for your quality of life?
When a child is born with this condition they will typically have spinal surgery very quickly – within a couple of days of the birth. As you can therefore imagine, a failure to diagnose spina bifida will mean this surgery does not take place. Furthermore physiotherapy is usually given to children with this condition, so if it is not diagnosed there can be a crucial delay in the start of treatment. This can mean a different outlook for those who have spina bifida.
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Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim