Information about Neural Tube Defect
Myelomeningocele, is a severe type of spina bifida where the spinal cord has no protection from the spine or the spinal canal. This birth defect happens when the vertebrae in a section of the spine do not fully form. The spinal cord and the meninges, which cover the spinal cord, protrude out of the back in a sac of fluid. Quite often, the spinal cord does not fully form at this point and there can be a loss of sensation or paralysis below this point.