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The effects of Spina Bifida are different for every person.  It is a life-long disability with ongoing medical challenges.


Up to 90 percent of children with the most severe form of Spina Bifida (Myelomeningocele) have hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and must have surgery to insert a “shunt” that helps drain the fluid.  The shunt stays in place for the lifetime of the person and often needs to be adjusted with multiple surgeries as people grow and get older.


Other conditions that are common for people with Spina Bifida include full or partial paralysis, nervous system complications, bladder and bowel control difficulties, learning disabilities, depression, latex allergy and social and sexual issues.


Thanks to new medical treatments and technology, most people born with Spina Bifida can expect to live a full life.  People with Spina Bifida have many special challenges because of their birth defect, but their condition does not define who they are.  People with Spina Bifida have careers, get married and have children just like people that don’t have Spina Bifida.


Formerly, The Evergreen Spina Bifida Association