Spina bifida occulta

Case contributed by Dr Bahman Rasuli

Presentation

Incidental finding.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years

Lumbar spine

X-ray

Failure of closure of the vertebral arch at the level of S1.

Case Discussion

Spina bifida occulta is a congenital malformation, consisting of a defect in the closure of the vertebral arch. It is the mildest form of spina bifida, and usually asymptomatic.

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