Spina Bifida Related Resources

Related Health Information

Diagnostic Testing

Children wil spina bifida could be referred for any of the following tests:

VP Shunt (ventriculoperitoneal shunt) Malfunctions

In hydrocephalus, the ventricles of the brain become enlarged with fluid of the brain and spinal cord (cerebrospinal fluid). This condition causes the brain tissue to press against the skull, causing serious nervous system (neurological) problems.

Surgical procedures of shunts allows the excess fluid to drain and relieve the pressure in the brain into the abdominal cavity. If these shunts malfunction, children must receive emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of shunt malfunction

Symptoms can vary from person to person but the most common are:
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Unusual irritability
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Neck pain
  • Increased head size (infants)

Bowel management issues

Urological management issues

Latex Allergy in products in the hospital and home environments