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Spina bifida

Spina bifida

Spina bifida

The designated spina bifida team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago provides care for all types of spina bifida, including spina bifida oculta, sacral agenesis/caudal regression, and myelomeningocele. Spina bifida means “split spine” and includes a group of birth defects that affect the spine or backbone. The individual bones of the spine do not grow together leaving an opening in the backbone.

We offer comprehensive and multidisciplinary care, with a patient and family-centered approach. Our services help children with spina bifida reach the highest level of health and independence in their homes, schools and communities.

Our spina bifida clinic team includes:

  • Orthopaedic surgeon
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Urologist
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioner
  • RN care manager/social worker care manager
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Dietician
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational and child life therapists
  • Orthotist
  • Wound care specialists


We are fortunate to also have the presence of knowledgeable staff members from the on-site offices of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association who interact with our patients and families during our weekly clinics.