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Test Your Knowledge of Spina Bifida

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month. How much do you know about spina bifida? Take the quiz to find out and learn about CDC's work on this condition.

CDC's Work

Spina bifida is a complex, often disabling condition that has a tremendous impact on individuals and families, from difficulty finding doctors who specialize in spina bifida, to high health care costs from frequent surgeries and hospitalizations. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects improve the quality of life and encourage full participation at every age for those with spina bifida.

National Spina Bifida Patient Registry

CDC manages the National Spina Bifida Patient Registry. The Registry develops and updates standards of care for people living with spina bifida. This information is then shared with healthcare providers across the country. Data gathered in the Registry comes from children and adults who attend spina bifida clinics. These data document the care they receive, and the outcomes of that care. CDC is the only organization in the United States conducting this broad multi-site clinic research to help people living with spina bifida.

Spina Bifida End-Stage Renal Disease Project

This project looks at the connection between spina bifida and kidney failure (end-stage renal disease). CDC researchers are determining whether people with spina bifida are more or less likely to experience health problems and die from end-stage renal disease than people who are not affected by spina bifida. This study also looks at the medical and personal characteristics of people with spina bifida and end stage renal disease.

Protocol to Protect the Kidneys in Children with Spina Bifida

Children with spina bifida often have problems urinating, which can lead to kidney damage. CDC is working with experts from across the country to develop a medical protocol that will safely and effectively monitor how well the bladder and kidneys are working in newborns and young children with spina bifida. Once finalized, the protocol will be tested to make sure children's kidneys stay healthy. Correctly monitoring the bladder and kidneys, with medical treatment as needed, may eliminate some or all kidney damage.

Estimating the Number of Pregnancies Affected by Spina Bifida

CDC tracks the number of pregnancies affected by spina bifida in the United States. This way, we can find out if the number is rising, dropping, or staying the same. We can also compare the number of babies born with spina bifida relative to where people live and by other factors. Learn more about spina bifida research >>

Understanding Risks for and Causes of Spina Bifida

CDC works with many other researchers to study what can raise or lower the risk of having a baby affected by spina bifida. This research helps us develop public health policies for prevention. Learn more about the risks for having a baby with spina bifida>>

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