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What causes spina bifida?

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Scientists believe that spina bifida is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as the mother’s nutrition. Research has shown that getting enough folic acid (a B vitamin) before and during pregnancy can prevent most cases of spina bifida.1


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Spina bifida: Facts. Retrieved March 30, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/spinabifida/facts.html [top]

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012