Open spina bifida: definition, screening, diagnosis, treatment

This document explains the open spina bifida and the processes following a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of the condition.


Neural tube defects: open spina bifida (also called spina bifida cystica) information for health professionals

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This publication sets out information for health professionals on the neural tube defect open spina bifida, also known as spina bifida cystica.

The document includes:

  • definition of the condition
  • screening and diagnosis procedure
  • prevalence of the condition
  • treatment for the disease
  • likely outcome for the baby
  • prevention processes
  • the referral pathway

The NHS fetal anomaly screening programme (FASP) tests for this condition.

Published 1 April 2012