What is myelomeningocele?

Also known as: spina bifida

A myelomeningocele is a bulge or sac of the fluid that surround the spinal cord. It's usually seen in the lower back, and results from a congenital defect in the closing of the babys' bony spinal column (vertebral column).

Spina bifida refers to the specific gap in the bony spinal column that protects the spinal cord.


Reviewed by: Gregory W Hornig, MD

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