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Can I die from spina bifida?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Most individuals who have spina bifida have a normal life span although they often have physical disabilities and health problems. Having said this, people who have severe types of the disorder, particularly those with open spinal openings not covered by skin, have an increased risk of infection and accordingly have a reduced life span.

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