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Health Care Issues for Adults With Spina Bifida. The May 9-10, 2003, Evidence-Based Practice in Spina Bifida Conference was a milestone: the first time ever that researchers and medical providers from all over the country gathered to assess the current state of research in spina bifida and plan a much-needed, long-term research agenda.


What problems may affect adults with spina bifida? Normal aging and spina bifida. The normal aging process involves such things as loss of muscle strength and flexibility, less physical stamina, and a decrease in sensory abilities. People with SB have all of these usual signs of aging, but their declines may be faster or more severe.


Bowel problems. Most Spina Bifida children have some problem controlling their bowel movements. Constipation is the most common problem and can often be controlled by medicines, or failing this, suppositories. Sometimes enemas are required and take the form of a sachet of fluid given into the bottom.


Walking and mobility problems. The nerves that control the leg muscles don’t work properly below the area of the spina bifida defect, causing muscle weakness of the legs, sometimes involving paralysis. Sleep-disordered breathing. Adults with spina bifida, particularly myelomeningocele, may have sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. Shunt ...


The number of adults with Spina Bifida continues to grow. About half of people living with Spina Bifida in the United States are adults. For many years, the medical community has focused on providing care for children and offers many children’s clinics throughout the country.


Spina bifida is a congenital malformation of the spinal cord and column that, until recently, was known chiefly as a pediatric disability. Due to advancements in medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care, the number of adults living with spina bifida is increasing. The UPMC Adult Spina Bifida ...


Many young adults with spina bifida have issues that can affect safe driving. A driver rehabilitation evaluation specialist can identify whether modifications to the car would make it accessible for a young adult with spina bifida. Young adults can also learn to find and safely use buses, cabs, and ride-hailing services.


Spina bifida occulta is a physical deformity that occurs as a baby develops in the mother's womb. The bones around the spinal cord fail to develop normally, but the nerves don't generally have any damage. Skin on the child's back is generally normal; however, there can be a dimple, a hair patch or a ...


Obesity is a major health problem in the general population all over the world; however, it is even more common in adults with spina bifida. Many adults with SB have decreased mobility and they spend more time in wheelchairs. Those who can walk often tend to walk less as their age increases. Exercise is not up to the mark.


Spina bifida occulta (SBO) is a common malformation of the spine. It occurs during a baby’s development in its mother’s womb, usually in the first month of pregnancy. In people with this ...