Spina Bifida Causes
The exact cause of spina bifida remains a mystery. No one knows what
disrupts complete closure of the neural tube, causing a malformation to develop.
Scientists suspect genetic, nutritional, and environmental factors play a role. Research
studies indicate that insufficient intake of folic acida common B vitaminin
the mothers diet is a key factor in causing spina bifida and other neural tube
defects. Prenatal vitamins that are prescribed for the pregnant mother typically contain
folic acid as well as other vitamins.
Spina bifida manifesta is most common among babies born to women whose
ancestors came from the British Isles. It is much less common among babies born to women
whose ancestors came from Africa. Women who have had one child with spina bifida are more
likely to have another child with spina bifida.
Spina Fida Causes - Risk Factors
Folic acid deficiency
Taking certain medications, such as those to treat epilepsy or acne
Excessive use of alcohol
Exposure to high temperature