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Spina Bifida Program

Neural tube defects are birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord. One of the most common neural tube defects is spina bifida, a condition in which the tiny bones of the vertebrae do not close completely, and a part of the spinal cord pokes through the spine.

If your child suffers from spina bifida or other neural tube defects, including tethered spinal cord or has a spinal cord tumor or traumatic spine injury, see the specialists at the Spina Bifida Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. As these conditions involve an exposed or tethered portion of the spinal cord, care may encompass a range of specialties including neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, urology, neurodevelopmental pediatrics and physical therapy. A dietitian and social worker also work with families to provide education and guidance. 

St. Christopher’s multidisciplinary team care begins at the time of your child’s neurosurgical repair shortly after birth and works with your child and family over time in monitoring and treating subsequent issues. The Spina Bifida Program addresses physical and mobility difficulties, bowel, bladder and neurodevelopmental disabilities and school issues. 

In order to make care convenient for your family, appointments are arranged so that medical testing and visits with specialists occur on the same day. 

Our Team

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children has a qualified team of specialists who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and children. The Spina Bifida Program team is led by Maureen A. Fee, M.D., J.D. To view a list of our specialists, please click here.

For more information about the Spina Bifida Program, call (215) 427-5531.

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