Patient Story
Successful Spine surgery at We Care India partner hospital allows Henry Stolz to live a normal life despite a microendoscopic Decompression. We Care india helped Henry find best super specialised surgeon for his procedure.
Read : Robert's Story
See All : Success Stories
You may also like

Medical Tourism Guide

Spine Surgery Guide

Causes of Spina Bifida

The causes of spina bifida are unknown, although most experts agree that the condition is probably caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. A number of risk factors for spina bifida have been identified, which are described below.

Folic acid

The most significant risk factor for spina bifida is having an insufficient intake of folic acid during pregnancy. Folic acid is a vitamin that occurs naturally in some foods, such as leafy vegetables, granary bread and some breakfast cereals. Folic acid tablets are also available form pharmacies, supermarkets and health stores.

Women with a very low intake of folic acid are eight times more likely to give birth to a baby with spina bifida compared with women who take the recommended amount.

Exactly how folic acid helps prevent spina bifida is still uncertain. One theory is that it regulates the formation of genetic material that later proves important in an embryo’s development. See the Prevention section for more information and advice about folic acid and folic acid supplements.
Looking for a free cost estimate for back surgery abroad – click here
Previous pregnancy

If you have previously had a child with spina bifida, there is a slightly higher chance that any other children you have will also have the condition. The risk ranges from 3-8%. Medication

Two types of medicine (valproic acid and carbamazepine) have been linked to an increased risk of spina bifida. These medicines are both used to treat epilepsy and some mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

The associated risks of valproic acid and carbamazepine are outlined below.
  • Carbamazepine has about a 2% risk of causing spina bifida.
  • Sodium valproate, when taken at a daily dose of less than 1,000mg, has about a 5% chance of causing spina bifida.
  • Sodium valproate, when taken at a daily dose of more than 1,000mg, has about a 9% chance of causing spina bifida.
  • If carbamazepine and sodium valproate are taken together, there is a risk of just under 9% of spina bifida occurring.

Due to this increased risk, it is recommended that sexually active women who are taking these medicines should always use contraception.

If you are taking valproic acid and/or carbamazepine, and you are planning a pregnancy, speak to your treatment team because alternative medications may be available. Taking folic acid supplements can also help minimise the risk.


Women with diabetes have an increased risk of giving birth to a child with spina bifida. This may be due to the excess amount of glucose in the blood interfering with the child’s development. The level of risk will depend on the severity of your diabetes. However, it is thought that women with diabetes are between two and eight times more likely to have a child with spina bifida compared with women who do not have diabetes.


Women who are obese have an increased risk of giving birth to a child with spina bifida. The more obese you are, the higher the risk. Severely obese women (with a body mass index (BMI) that is greater than 40) are thought to be three times more likely to give birth to a child with spina bifida than women who are a healthy weight.

Do you have your medical reports, send us now for a free quote – click here

For more information, medical assessment and medical quote
send your detailed medical history and medical reports
as email attachment to
Email :
Call: +91 9029304141 (10 am. To 8 pm. IST)
(Only for international patients seeking treatment in India)

Worried for your back pain, take a free second opinion – click here

Request Information

Gender :


For a detailed evaluation send patient’s medical reports / X rays / doctors notes to

Group Website

Find Us On
Bookmark and Share

Are there any hidden costs like taxes, surcharge, diagnostic fees, doctor's consultation charges etc. ?

The estimate we give you includes all such charges.

We Care
  Paypal We accept Visa/Mater/ Amex

© 2009-2010 We Care Health Services. All rights reserved.

This information is not designed to replace a physician's independent judgment about the appropriateness or risks of a procedure for a given patient.
Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions or back problem. We Care Health Services does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use of the site is conditional upon your acceptance of our Terms and Conditions is a member of the medical tourism information network

Spina Bifida Causes India, Spina Bifida Treatment Advantages India, Spina Bifida Diagnosis Treatment India, Spinal Cord Tumor, Spina Bifida, Spine Metastases, Spina Bifida Surgery Causes, Symptoms Of Spina Bifida Videos, Spina Bifida Surgery Diagnosis, Spina Bifida Treatment Causes, Bloodstream, Bodies, Bowel, Breast, Mumbai Delhi Bangalore Chennai Hyderabad Thoracic Lumbar Cervical, Bumps, Cancers, Spina Bifida Surgery Center, Cat Scan, Causes, Cells, Benign Tumors, Malignant Tumors, Malignancies, Tumors, Spina Bifida Surgery Doctors, International Spina Bifida Surgery, Neural Tube Defects, Myelomeningocele, Vertebrae, Brain, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida Medical Treatment, Spina Bifida Cost ,Spina Bifida Price, Affordable Spina Bifida Surgery, Brain Surgery Spina Bifida Folic, Spina Bifida Prevention, Preventing Spina Bifida, NINDS, What Is Spina Bifida Occulta, Spina Biffida Occulta, Spina Bifoda, Treatment For Spina Bifida, Neural Tube Disorder, Neural Tube Defect, Birth Defect