Rachischisis totalis

Last revised by Dr Edgar Lorente on 30 Apr 2021

Rachischisis totalis, also known as complete spina bifida, refers to a severe form of spina bifida where there is a cleft through the entire spine.

There is often a severe or complete defect of the neural tube involving the entire spine from the cervical region through to the sacrum.

A rachischisis often occurs in association cranial neural tube defects such as:

A rachischisis is almost always fatal.

The term rachischisis derives from the Greek words rachi meaning spine and schisis meaning split.

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