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Spina bifida Treatment Treatment of Spina bifida depends upon the severity of the condition. Often, people with Spina bifida occulta need no treatment and live normal lives without any symptoms or complications. In cases of Spina bifida occulta with a tethered spinal cord or Spina bifida cystica, neurosurgery is often the first step in management. To prevent further damage of the nervous tissue and to prevent infection, paediatric neurosurgeons operate to close the opening on the back. During the operation for Spina bifida cystica, the spinal cord and its nerve roots are put back inside the spine and covered with meninges. In addition, a shunt may be surgically installed to provide a continuous drain for the cerebrospinal fluid produced in the brain, as happens with hydrocephalus. Shunts most commonly drain into the peritoneal cavity of the abdomen. Children with bowel and bladder dysfunction may need training to help manage these functions or learn how to self-catheterise to allow urine drainage.
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