Latin for ‘split spine’, this is a birth defect affecting the bone structures and membranes protecting the spinal cord.
It most commonly occurs on the lower back. Symptoms include nerve complications below the level of the lesion, infection and often hydrocephalus.
In utero surgery can play a major role in improving long-term outcomes of spina bifida. If for some reason this is not an option, the paediatric anaesthetic team can assess the degree of involvement and possible associated complications through extensive imaging after delivery.