Spina bifida

DATE: 2 September 2015



Spina bifida is a condition that develops birth whereby the spinal cord is not well enclosed by vertebrae and membranes, affecting the nervous system.

This infographic looks at some facts and statistics about Spina bifida.

Key facts

  • In Australia, approximately 5 in every 10 000 babies are born with spina bifida.
  • The rate of spina bifida in Australia dropped by about 15% between 1998 and 2008.
  • The impact of spina bifida varies greatly between individuals, but can include limb weakness, paralysis, continence issues, back pain, among other symptoms.

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